Majesty of the Seas!

Abba Father,

 

You are a lighthouse in the midst of my distress. 

Your loving presence settles the rhythms of the open sea.

Your promise is a fresh sea breeze to my soul. 

Your Word is an anchor to both mind and heart.

Your Holy Spirit teaches me ‘how to’ navigate the journey.

Your Wisdom helps me adjust the sails along the way.

Let us scuba dive and explore the treasures of the seas.

The beauty of vivid coral reefs is awe-inspiring.

You are the captain of all life adventures; I will never be lost again!

Nothing will separate upPhoto credit: Calvin Stan @ Splasher

You are a warm-hearted Father whose love never changes or ends.

You hear every beat of my heart!

Open your arms wide open and hold me close to your heart. Don’t ever let me go.

Thank you, Jesus, for being the sunrise of my troubled days.

No troubles, disasters or tragedies in life will separate me from your bountiful love.

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39 NIV

Your forever travel companion,

in Jesus’ name, I praise.

Amen

(Write your name here)

 

(Spanish Version)

Eres un faro en medio de mi angustia.

Tu amorosa presencia establece los ritmos del mar abierto.

Tu promesa es una brisa fresca del mar para mi alma.

Tu Palabra es un ancla para la mente y el corazón.

Tu Espíritu Santo me enseña ‘cómo’ navegar el viaje.

Tu Sabiduría me ayuda a ajustar las velas en el camino.

Déjanos bucear y explorar los tesoros de los mares.

La belleza de los arrecifes de coral vivos es impresionante.

Eres el capitán de todas las aventuras de la vida; ¡Nunca más me perderé!

Eres un padre de buen corazón, cuyo amor nunca cambia o termina.

¡Oyes cada latido de mi corazón!

Abre los brazos abiertos y mantenme cerca de tu corazón. Nunca me dejes ir.

Gracias, Jesús, por ser el amanecer de mis días turbulentos.

Ningún problema, desastre o tragedia en la vida me separará de tu amor generoso.

“Ni la altura ni la profundidad, ni ninguna otra cosa en toda la creación, podrá separarnos del amor de Dios que es en Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor”. Romanos 8:39 NVI

Tu compañera de viaje para siempre,

En el nombre de Jesús, te alabo.

Amen

Trusting in “Christ Alone”

“LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.” Psalm 84:12 NIV

 

Abba Father,

 

You have blessed my life in countless ways. I’m giving thanks to you tonight for all of your wonderful works in my life. (Psalm 9:1) My heart is filled with gratitude.

 

Thanks for being a God of endless chances. Because of you, my life is filled with unlimited opportunities. Since I know you by name, I place my trust in you. (Psalm 9:10)

 

How can I not trust your heart?

 

Your mercies are new every morning,

Your forgiveness is readily available,

Your compassion warms my heart,

Your understanding soothes my mind,

Your love wraps-around my life,

Your protection delivers me from danger,

And your promises inspires my soul.

 

You are All-Powerful. You are my God! 

 

How can I not hope for a future?

 

In the valley, you calm my anxious heart, encourage me to take the next step, and work diligently in all of my circumstances. When I have been silenced by overwhelming circumstances, the Holy Spirit intervenes on my behalf.

In the peaks, you pleasantly surprise me with unimaginable outcomes. Your thoughts are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:9), your plans are so much more elaborate than I can ever envision, You do miracles in my life!

 

You are a wise Father and an amazing God who I can always confide in. You are mindful of my well-being and genuinely care.

 

I am praising you, Lord, tonight for your faithfulness. Your love endures forever. I am forever blessed.

 

Your Beloved daughter, Adriana.

(Replace my name with yours and make it personal)

 

 

Trusting in Christ Alone image #4 Photo Credit: Paola Águila @ Splasher

(Spanish Version)

 

Confiando en “Cristo solo”.

“Jehová de los ejércitos, bendito es el que confía en ti”. (Salmo 84:12 NVI)

Querido Padre,

Has bendecido mi vida de innumerables maneras. Te doy gracias esta noche por todas tus maravillosas obras en mi vida. (Salmo 9: 1) Mi corazón está lleno de gratitud.

Gracias por ser un Dios de posibilidades infinitas. Gracias a ti, mi vida está llena de oportunidades ilimitadas. Como te conozco por tu nombre, confío en ti. (Salmo 9:10)

¿Cómo no puedo confiar en tu corazón?

Tus misericordias son nuevas cada mañana,

Tu perdón está disponible,

Tu compasión calienta mi corazón,

Tu comprensión alivia mi mente,

Tu amor envuelve mi vida,

Tu protección me libera del peligro,

Y tus promesas inspiran mi alma.

Usted es todopoderoso. ¡Eres mi Dios!

¿Cómo no puedo esperar un futuro?

En el valle, calmas mi corazón ansioso, me alientas a dar el siguiente paso y trabajas diligentemente en todas mis circunstancias. Cuando he sido silenciado por circunstancias abrumadoras, el Espíritu Santo interviene en mi nombre. En los picos, me sorprende gratamente con resultados inimaginables. Tus pensamientos son más elevados que los míos (Isaías 55: 9), tus planes son mucho más elaborados de lo que jamás pueda imaginar. Tu haces milagros en mi vida.

Eres un padre sabio y un Dios increíble en quien siempre puedo confiar. Eres consciente de mi bienestar, me amas incondicionalmente  y genuinamente te importo.

Estoy alabando a nuestro Señor esta noche porque su amor fiel perdura para siempre. Estoy bendecida por siempre.

Amén

Meditate Day and Night

“but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:2-3 NIV

Lord,

It was a hectic morning!  Help me breathe and relax a bit.

I made all-sorts of decisions…meal choices, grocery list, finance updates and so much more. I even readjusted my attitude a few times and somehow managed to face the unexpected.

Forgive me if I didn’t redirect my attention to your priceless treasures in your Word today. I do rush at times!

“Busyness” is the enemy’s tactic to distance myself from you. He is definitely crafty but I’m determined to have victory in Christ and flourish one day at a time.

Help me set time aside so I may pour out my heart, rest in you and be encouraged always. When I reflect on your teachings, it resets my mindset  and comforts me, and the Holy Spirit guides me throughout the day.

I want to stay close to you, Lord. Yes, I do!

Your Truth is my delight and brings joy to my heart.  

I love you, Father. I’m resting in your arms right now. I welcome your unfailing grace, and I’m embracing your never-ending love!

Let it be your will not mine.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Your beloved daughter Adriana

(make this prayer personal, replace the name with yours)

 

(Photo Credit: Alex Blajan)

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100 Days of Promises

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100 Days of Bible Promises: A Devotional Journal” is an excellent, journaling resource filled with God’s promises. It allows the reader to write his/her most, intimate reflections daily for 100 days.

When I reflect on His promises, pray over Scriptures, write down my most intimate prayers, and acknowledge His blessings, His love overwhelms my heart and His Word refreshes my soul.

“Wow, how sweet is that? His love overwhelms my heart!”

His promises calm anxious hearts, reset attitudes, reframe perspectives and ultimately give us the strength and hope to take another step.

”Yes Lord, Help me take the next step”

His promises never expire. Christine Caine’s new release titled ‘Unexpected’ noted, “God wants us to believe and understand that his promises don’t have expiration dates. They aren’t like passports or gym memberships. They aren’t like the condiments in the fridge or the food in the pantry. Our Heavenly Father has given us a book full of his promises that have no expiration dates – and he will always make good on his promises.”

”Thank goodness, we don’t have to check for an expiration date. No need to throw away any of His promises either.”

When surrendering our plans and trusting His promises, we allow God’s faithfulness and unfailing love to be in display.

Life transitions are ‘challenging’. Some are even ‘traumatic’ or ‘disheartening’ in nature. In transitions, I tend to draft the ‘perfect’ plan so I maintain control.

Has that ever happened to you? I tend to think I can control the outcomes too…”

I start mapping out different strategies and multiple perfect plans. If the first plan fails, then I’ve got multiple contingencies readily available for quick implementation.

“Lord, it’s hard to let go of my plan! I even keep original drafts at times!”

It may not be easy to let go of our detailed plans, ‘to do’ lists or projected outcomes at first. But, it gets easier over time with intentional practice.

Everytime I craft a master plan, I soon realize who truly is ‘the One’ in control. The Lord determines every step of the journey, and orchestrates life circumstances to work for my own good (Prov. 16:9, Rom. 8:28 NIV).

Some people may even say, “Let go. Let God”. Others may say, “go with the flow”.  I’ve learned to say, “hear my prayers and take note of my distress, Lord”.

Just know, our Lord is steering all of us towards a well-designed,  blueprint for the future.

“How reassuring is that?!“

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
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God is mindful of us (Psalm 8: 4). He truly cares.

In the past several years…

God has noticed my distress, comforted me in my hurts, and reassured me of His presence in my deepest sorrow.

I was unprepared for Mom’s diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease. But, God held my hand and walked with me!

I was disheartened when my parents’ financial situation dramatically changed and moved back to Venezuela. But, God helped me adapt and be content with a long-distance relationship!

I was crushed when dad had a massive heart attack and did not survive! But, God comforted me!

I was in disbelief when I heard mom’s citizenship was denied. But, God is helping me to follow His lead for her upcoming relocation!F4C4B920-B74F-4B3C-AE5C-D5E4526FE4AFAs much as I want for mom to live with familiar caregivers or family members, she needs an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s patients at this point in time. It was a tough decision! Her health deteriorated after dad’s death. She now needs 24/7 supervision.

When Alzheimer patients are confused or disoriented, their safety is compromised.

As I’m typing this sentence, I realize mom has a long road ahead.

When a new season unfolds, God is already there and He embraces us with His never-ending compassion and unconditional love.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God wants us to cry out to Him and share our distress.

Be specific and ask for the unimaginable. Anything is possible for God.

I’m extending an invitation for you to join me in prayer for the next 100 days.

I plan to be prayerful about mom’s circumstances.

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‘What are you prayerful about today?’

Write your comments or prayers in the section below.

If you are in the midst of a transition yourself, grab a journal, share your prayer requests and let us pray for one another.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”. Matthew‬ ‭18:20‬ ‭NIV

(I love to be creative when I journal so I use colors, different elements and even emojis)

“Don’t Worry”

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“Be Steadfast in your Work”

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“Praise at all Times”

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(If you would like to finish this journey, click the tab titled “100 Days of Bible Promises” on this site. You will then be redirected to 100 days of prayers and praises ~ Adriana’s transition with her mother)

God is Able

Did you ever doubt God’s ability to transform your life?  I certainly did.

 

Be on alert. Our enemy is crafty and he uses people to plant seeds of doubt and steal our dreams.

In high school…

We had gathered outdoors in the patio for a short recess, and held an informal conversation about college application and scholarship opportunities with the school’s guidance counselor. Everyone was inspired about future possibilities and asked relevant questions. Staff acknowledged everyone’s concerns.  I was intrigued so I listened attentively. When our morning break ended, everyone rushed to their scheduled classes except me. I was unassured of the aptitudes needed to succeed in college so I solicited staff’s recommendations for a tentative career plan.

After a brief silence, she answered gently “I don’t see you in college…

“Ugh? Did I hear correctly?” I silently asked myself, was downhearted then walked away in disbelief.

“Was I not good enough for college?” it repeatedly echoed in my mind.

Discouragement settled in my heart soon thereafter. I never inquired again about college admission, SAT prep courses or career choices. Unintentionally, the self-deprecating message ‘not good enough’ replayed in my mind intermittently for almost three decades.

 

I wrestled in learning the nuances of the English language when I relocated to the United States at a young age. Mom secured tutors for Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. She even enlisted me in a Reading Comprehension, after-school program in an attempt to boost SAT scores. I didn’t appreciate History or Science. I would easily be sidetracked or bored in classes or would lose interest on a subject matter (except the Arts). If you would have inquired about a career plan, I would have given you a list of character flaws instead. I sure hustled all the way until the last exam in graduate school. No subject matter or licensing board exam was effortless.

 

 “Academic life was ferocious!”

 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” John 10:10 NIV

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When we trust in God’s precepts, our minds are renewed and our souls are refreshed. Our God then rewrites the text of our lives leading us to unimaginable heights both in our personal and/or career dreams. (Psalm 18:24 MSG)

 

God is our strength when our flesh or hearts have failed. He never abandons us (Psalm 73:26).

 

I often prayed, “Lord, help me… I’m overwhelmed” He was my refuge and fortitude and He will always be.

 

God’s Grace is sufficient.

 

Dad loved me unconditionally, supported all of my career endeavors, and highlighted every strength, skill and ability he would notice. His enthusiasm and optimism played a key role in my career development. Because of Dad’s encouragement, I mastered academic challenges, and even earned ‘distinction’ at the end of graduate school. When I was undecided on my college major, Dad suggested piano performance. He envisioned his beloved daughter becoming an international, concert pianist. Nevertheless, the intensity of ‘performance’ anxiety in piano recitals and the demands of practice drills in preparation to Guild competitions were substantial.

 

“I sure miss daddy today!”

 

By breaking down challenging tasks into manageable action steps, developing effective study habits, and learning from past mistakes, I overcame hurdles in both my personal life and career development. God granted me the confidence to overcome insecurities, fear and doubt.

 

In Wilkes’ book titled “Jesus on Leadership”, he noted ‘God grants confidence to those who trust him. Divinely directed confidence is the certainty that God has created you, bought you through the death of His Son, and called you out to join in the worldwide mission of hope.’

I trusted Jesus to lead the way so I never lost hope and flourished in every leadership role I had. In Christ, my spirit was renewed every day, a steadfast character was built, and spiritual maturity evolved over the years.

 

The unexpected materialized twenty years later…

 

I poured freshly-made, Colombian coffee in a mug, grabbed the wireless, headphones out of the leather tote then rushed to the home office at sunrise, “Lord help me be alert, organized and articulate in today’s conference call”  I whispered to myself.

 

As I dialed the conference number, I meditated on His promise, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20 (NIV). It had been five months since the initial meeting with the State Commissioner. I was astonished about the progress we had made so far in previous conference calls. I was also invigorated when the Commissioner’s genuine appreciation for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was initially displayed.  ABA is a treatment modality for children and adolescents who are diagnosed with intellectual disability and/or pervasive developmental disorder.

 

Never in my wildest dreams, did I expect to be in a regional leadership role much less conversing with a State Commissioner at 8 a.m. on a monthly basis!

 

God’s vision is bountiful.

Even before we were ever conceived in our mother’s womb, our Creator fearfully and wonderfully equipped us for the future (Psalms 139:14). We are His masterpiece regardless of what others may think of us today. In Christ, the enemy is defeated. The Lord orchestrates all our circumstances to work together for our welfare. His plan always prevails regardless of our struggles, character deficiencies or self-doubt.

 

The Lord will do the same for you as long as your eyes are wide open to His truth, allow Him to capture your heart, and He will do immeasurably more than all you can ask or imagine.

Be ready to defeat the enemy along the way by claiming His Word upon enemy’s assault.

Kindness from “Fleming Gardens” ~

This season of life has definitely been overwhelmingly challenging from recurrent illness, food poisoning, computer scam, internet bullying, to demanding circumstances at work… just a few on the list.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God’s presence is palpable in all of our circumstances. He will not allow us to be disheartened much less be defeated.

We have victory in Christ alone.

Last month, our home computer was ‘almost’ hacked successfully but hubby interrupted the process half way when his sister alerted him of a similar computer scam in the State of California.

God’s timing was perfect.

Whew!

It is a R-E-L-I-E-F to know God protects us from catastrophe. If our personal information and bank accounts would have been completely exposed, the hackers would have wiped out our bank accounts without a doubt.

God always shows up in the midst of our unexpected circumstances.

We just need to stand still for a moment and honor the interruptions of our daily routine, we could either learn from our circumstances, meet a kind stranger or even be alerted of a misfortune. I call these ‘divine interruptions’.

Just the way God spoke to Moses from a burning bush, He speaks to us today in the least expected moments, places or in the midst of adverse circumstances.

My husband spent close to four weeks having to do ‘damage control’ from opening new bank accounts, changing all passwords, cleaning up the server to making an attempt to resale the iTunes gift cards.

Yes! the computer hackers had requested five gift cards worth $100 each.

Unbelievable but true!

Later that month, I posted an announcement about the iTunes gift cards in the phone app. titled ‘nextdoor’. It is an application where surrounding neighborhoods have access to available information from residents regarding upcoming events, items for sale, crime and so much more. I love the chat room by the way.

One afternoon, I got a message from a neighbor who lives approximately 1.5 away! She had asked about the iTunes gift cards whether they were related to a scam. I sadly responded, “yes it was”. I was quite embarrassed too I must admit.

We spent several days corresponding with each other and a neighborly friendship evolved. I admired her willingness to help a stranger. She provided us with a detailed action plan regarding ‘how to’ submit a claim to Apple.

1) Go to https://getsupport.apple.com 2) Click Billing & Subscriptions. 3) Select Gift Card & Codes. 4) Choose the topic is not listed. 5) Enter a brief description of the issue. 6) Choose your preferred support option. If they’d prefer, our direct number in the United States is 1-800-275-2273. If you’re outside of the U.S., this page will have the best number for your location: https://support.apple.com/HT201232

God is faithful yesterday, today and always.

Our burning bush was a call from sister in law who interrupted the process of scam, and a kind neighbor willing to love others unconditionally and take time out of her day to make a difference in one’s life.

I cannot wait to meet my new friend from Fleming Gardens!

I’m forever grateful for the kindness of today’s world, and most importantly I cherish God’s protection during hardships.

On Our Knees

 

Abba Father, you are Holy, full of compassion and merciful.

An amazing God indeed!

We praise you for a new day filled with your grace, mercies, and filled with unlimited possibilities for our lives.

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We come to you humbly with an open heart and embrace all of your precepts. We want to know you better, learn more about your character, and grow much closer to you.

Encourage us to read, reflect, and hide every Scripture in our hearts so we may always have wisdom and discernment when navigating thru confusion, turmoil or chaos, and conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel.

You are our Abba Father who provides and protects us. You are our only Savior, Deliverer, Healer, and most importantly the wisest Counselor who guides us thru the narrow path while we are finishing the good work you started in us.

We are rejoicing today as we stand firm on your Word. We celebrate your presence as You walk with us and we are forever grateful for the Peace and Hope We find in you alone.

We praise you for your never-ending Grace, forgiveness and faithfulness. 

We continue to nourish our souls with your precepts, renew our minds and set us free from strongholds. We are grateful for being the ‘chosen ones’ who were once lost yet convicted  by the Holy Spirit, and turned away from our sins and idols so we may serve you today and always.  

Help us to love others who may be difficult, maintain peace everywhere we go, encourage the disheartened, help everyone in need, be patient, strengthen our hearts so we may be blameless and holy in your presence, stand firm on your Word, and hold fast to your teachings. 

We want to be children of the light and children of the day today and always.

Deliver us from evil and protect us wherever we go. 

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen

The Art of Journaling

Kathy Bornarth is the founder of nacjw.com, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a published author who loves to journal!

In Kathy’s book titled, “Write Changes: Stories of Transformation Through Journal Writing”, you will find short essays addressing the benefits of journaling by ten different women including herself. Her published book was easy to read, informative and encouraging; it was 54 pages long. I highly recommend it for those who are considering journaling for the first time. Even though I have journaled in the past, Kathy’s book reminded me of the importance of self-examination and offered me fresh perspectives on the art of journaling.

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Are you considering journaling today?

Creative Bible journaling, prayer and gratitude journaling are three of my favorite styles. I love to be colorful, worship God and have fun coloring Scriptures too!

 

There are so many ways to journal. It all depends on your needs and focus.

I’m about to learn more about ‘verse mapping’; it will probably be an extension to bible and scripture journaling. Kristy Cambron offers Verse Mapping 101; her two new journals on the book of Luke and Acts will be released in May 2018.

I have found journaling to be quite therapeutic in nature. The exercise of writing down personal thoughts and emotions provides clarity, insight, and self-awareness over time. When I engage in creative bible, prayer and gratitude journaling, I deepen my relationship with the Lord.

Voila!

It’s an excellent way to interact with His Word at sunrise or at sunset if you’ve got a full-time job.

If consistency is an issue just know it takes approximately 28 days to establish a new habit.

‘Therapeutic writing’ was popular in 1960’s. In mid 1980’s, Dr. James Pennebaker researched the impact of ‘expressive writing’ on trauma, and Kathleen Adams (1999) published an article titled, ” Writing as Therapy” and acknowledged the therapeutic benefits of writing in the healing process.

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Newman added space for journaling after each devotional. Yes! it was an excellent way to navigate thru grief and loss. I’m still in the process of healing.

If you are in need of a journal, try the ‘sheic’ journals at sheicjournals.com. The colors are bright and perfect for any season. The size of the journal is convenient for a purse or tote, and it’s comfortable to carry all day long.

I just love the color of my new journal!

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Experiencing “Gethsemane” in modern times.

Throughout our lifetime, we will experience overwhelming circumstances even deep suffering that will bring us closer to God and strengthen the core of our souls and Faith.

In the book of Ecclesiastes 7: 14, Solomon reminded us how God created both adversity and prosperity in our lives. So, praise Him everyday regardless of our suffering or current state of mind. Today is a gift from God.

I view these harsh circumstances or adversity as life-altering “Gethsemane moments”.

Yes!

Adversity can be emotionally, intellectually and physically taxing. Uncertainties are stressful indeed.  These life experiences may be filled with agony, sorrow, grief, and/or despair.

In the book of Matthew 26, Jesus modeled a prayerful life. Jesus poured his soul to our Abba Father on a regular basis and maintained an intimate relationship. In His sorrow, He prayed not once but continually. He knew he was betrayed by Judas and was about to be apprehended by the enemy so he prayed with humility and surrendered heart for God’s will to be fulfilled.

He was a faithful servant!

“He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” Matthew‬ ‭26:42‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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Have you ever experienced “Gethsemane”, life-altering moments? Have you recently been diagnosed with a terminal health condition? Have you recently lost employment and don’t know how to pay the mortgage? Are you hopeless and even contemplating ending it all?

In moments of anguish and sorrow, life is overwhelmingly painful, vulnerable and unpredictable!

If you would have asked me what I would have done in previous ‘Gethsemane’ circumstances, You would have heard me say, “I’m done with it… I’m ready to quit… give me an easier task to accomplish instead…”

In these controversial or conflicting moments, we might not be able to discern what’s best or act wisely. We might act like ‘fools’ at times if we get isolated and not seek God’s wisdom.

We can either face these challenging circumstances humbly, prayerfully and ’in’ community or ‘escape’ from it all with an intent to soothe the intensity of our distress and even isolate ourselves.

By the way, Satan would enjoy us being isolated and helpless.

Jesus is reminding us today to seek the Lord for wisdom, strength and discernment with a humble and surrendered heart before we proceed with our next steps.

God’s Grace is sufficient when we are weak.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Lisa Bevere in her book titled, “Girls with Swords”, reminded us to ‘allow adversity to be a crucible in your life that tempers your strength’.

“Isn’t that the truth?!”

Every time I persevere thru life-altering Gethsemane moments, I develop effective strategies, establish new systems for both career and personal routine, build character and most importantly I witness God’s faithfulness, wisdom, unconditional  love and mercies thru it all.

Life gives us an opportunity to edify God in our good times as wells as in our Gethsemane moments, and share how much we adore Him in the midst of our deepest suffering…

 

Servanthood Leadership

A servant leader serves humbly, empowers others to take the lead and genuinely cares for the well-being of others. In servanthood leadership, there is no power differentiation just an opportunity to influence someone’s life and help the world be a better place.

Apostle Paul was a servant leader in mid-30s AD to mid-50s AD while he shared the gospel of Christ to the Jewish and Romans of his times and immediately forgave his executioner.

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The movie, “Paul, the apostle of Christ”, was released at the end of March 2018. In the midst of trials, suffering and murder, Paul loved, and extended grace unconditionally.

As soon as I finished watching the movie and dried up my tears, I asked myself “do I forgive and extend grace to evil-spirited people in my network as well as Paul did for his persecutors?  Would I have Paul’s inner strength and spiritual maturity to persevere thru suffering, and even endure imprisonment?”

In Christ, anything is possible.

Paul focused on an eternal journey instead of instant, temporary outcomes.

Paul was just like a sheep among wolves; he recognized his vulnerabilities, shared his wisdom and intentionally, innocently and lovingly served others well. Paul was clear about the intentions of his headsman yet he loved like Christ on Earth.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:16‬ ‭

When persecuted by prideful, wicked or arrogant human beings, he was prayerful and didn’t overreact. If others hated him, he served  lovingly and compassionately one opportunity at a time and influenced others to think about what was noble, trustworthy and admirable.

As soon as the movie ended and I walked away from the leather-recliner seat at Malco, I asked myself, “How could I ever love my persecutors well? I don’t think I will ever be able to… help me love well”

By His Grace, my life has been transformed in the past decade.  All I know is to pray over my weaknesses. Prayer is powerful and God answers our prayers in His perfect time.

”Lord, hear my distress. It’s tough to deal with prideful or arrogant people who have all the answers or those who have slandered me in the past or are capable to do so in the future. Please, give me a heart to  serve them, the humility to forgive, an ability to trust them again and hope for reconciliation. If I ever act prideful, hateful or vindictive, convict me immediately so I can repent and change my motives right away, in Jesus name I pray, Amen”