WHAT IS HE SAYING???

I am a YouTube addict by virtue that I can have a personal choice with what I wanted to watch without too much ad as an interruption. As a result, I can watch faith based videos of my choice plus watching YouTube personalities that I wanted. In doing so, I am encouraged to pursue something I feel God is whispering in my heart, but also if I am not careful, I have the tendency to pattern my life after theirs because how they live their lives captivated my heart and that’s where my destiny is slowly being trapped.

“Success is when I am doing something with the whisper God speaks to my heart more than walking in the path, shouted by the crowds that will eventually set me and God apart.”

I am convinced that to be encouraged with like minded people is good, but to walk exactly like how they make life without the whisper of God, for me, is worst. I can’t pray like how others pray and I don’t talk like how others talk. My destiny, maybe similar to other people, but it can never be exactly the same.

With that saying above, I am sold out in the belief that God’s voice is best heard when I am being myself.”

Just Read The Bible

One of the best decisions that I started practicing last year that brought solidity in my life was reading through the Bible. It was my first time to have read the Word from cover to cover and I felt like it transformed me from the inside out. I will also admit that in that commitment to read through God’s Word daily were also the temptations of not wanting to finish it simply because there were many activities that were craving my attention.

First, it was my teaching job that wants my time away from His Word because I was too overwhelmed with my assignments. Second, it was the fear of missing out. I don’t want to miss out on anything like watching my favorite channels on YouTube. Third, it was not sleeping early because I wanted to do so many things and as a result, I could not wake up much earlier to read through His Word.

Thankfully, the Holy Spirit doesn’t know how to give up on people and on me and before I have to let go of my desire to read through the Bible, He helped me get back into it.

I feel like last year was removing the impurities of my soul through the washing of the Word and this year is building a foundation to have a strong mind, will, and emotion. Yet, if I am going to be honest, this year has been challenging. I am wrestling as to whether I have to read through it again or I have to be topical and focus on one Word to study and find verses to meditate on.

But one morning, as I was sitting in silence with the anticipation of wanting to hear His Voice, I heard in my spirit that I have to read through it again. That means putting it in my planner and do it just like reporting to school and meet with my students.

Slowly, as I have to receive strength from the Lord to wake up as soon as the alarm sounds, it has become a better spiritual habit that has been formed.

And the benefits? I experience peace in my soul. I feel like I am enjoying life as well as my class, regardless of their noise (HAHAHA). I don’t easily get offended. And, I have this assurance on the inside that I will be okay because God knows my reality. He knows my longings. He is aware of my concerns. He has seen the enemy’s plan for me and He has answers and protection for me while I follow His directions daily by faith.

Having said this, it’s not a promise that I will be perfect. It’s not an assurance that I will not be irritated and be slighted. I will not try to be perfect either because I know that I can’t keep up maintaining that kind of an image. What I can promise though is that, “As I consistently gaze my eyes on Jesus and be reminded that I am a woman who is a recipient of His grace and mercy on a daily basis, that I can practice seeing people too in the lens of His mercy and His grace.” I say practice, because I can’t be like Jesus overnight!!!

Have a great day everyone!!!!

Eyes To See Ahead

I woke up early in the morning gazing at the beauty of what God has created and listening to this inner dialogue knowing that God remains good despite what I see as chaotic. It feels like on the surface level, the water is bubbling and boiling and nothing in the physical realm will ever fix it.

This reminds me then of the verses that I’ve read last December while I was on the ship bound for Leyte. It said this, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”(Genesis 1:1-2 NIV)

So here’s how our present reality looks like:

1) Sometimes, our present reality looks like empty and it feels like empty. We have the money and we still want for more. We have the physical beauty that everyone adores for yet the mobs adoration never satisfies us. We become famous for what we are good at, but fame will not fix the longing we feel on the inside. We’ve been to different restaurants and dine with the influencers, yet after the highs and the picture taking is over, we headed home empty. We search and search for what we think will satisfy our longings within but instead of being fixed, we simply dig a much deeper hole of dissatisfaction that could never be fixed.

2) Other times, our present reality look formless which means nothing is taking shape. We cannot stay on the same job because the weaknesses of our fellow workers get into our nerves. We cannot stay in the same church because the imperfections of people and leaders offended us. We cannot stick with the same profession because the process of passing is very challenging and it’s hard work. We keep jumping and jumping from one thing to another until time passes by and we wake up to the realization that we are getting older and then we dwell on the thought that we are too late in life and that it’s too late to achieve something significant.

3. In some cases, it feels like we are covered with a thick darkness that it’s too hard to break out and to see the light. And so we start searching for many quick fixes to break through with our own strength and ability only to get tired and burned out and still sleeping in the feeling of living in the dark.

We see what takes place in the natural and while we can temporarily fix it, it is not sustainable. 

The Bible points us to our answer. He is the HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can hover the root cause of a life being formless, empty, and in darkness. He is the only one who knows every fiber of our being. He is the only one who can show us the right solution for our problems. He is the only one who can truly point to us the very reason of our restlessness. He is the only one who can bring us back to the way, to the truth and to the life. He our Divine Encourager, our Helper, our Teacher, our Comforter, and our Intercessor. I believe that He is constantly speaking to our born again spirit, but consequently ignored because of so many competing voices that want our attention. 

The Holy Spirit is our eyes who sees ahead. In fact, it was after the Holy Spirit was hovering the earth that God started speaking what the earth really needs (Gen 1:3 NIV) .

Today, I pray that may the Holy Spirit be given a spotlight in our hearts. May He be heard when He speaks. May He be followed when He leads and may He be given full residency in our lives.

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Beating The Feeling Of Overwhelm

I looked at my desk and I saw piles and files of papers to be recorded and to be checked. There’s a lot! And when I think about the bulk of work and assignments that I will have to do and the pressing deadline to present to the students their partial grade, that blow me away. But I realize, that the more I think about it, the more stress and overwhelm I become.

Then, I discover that the best way to beat the feeling of being overwhelmed are the following:

1) Check it one at a time.

2) Record it one at a time.

3) Just do it one at a time.

4) Stop thinking the piles and files but DO IT instead.

5) Be grateful.

So, those are my simple steps to beat the feeling of being overwhelmed. It’s super Nike.

Just Do It.

Maybe you had been thinking way too much. Stop!!!! Pick the work bit by bit. Little by little. Piece by piece and without you knowing it, you are done and you are not stressed.

Have a great day!!!!!

 

What MidTerm Exam Taught Me

I had been given the opportunity to be a proctor for our school’s midterm examination and as I was sitting down and was watching the students, I had these internal dialogues on the inside of me.

1) in my lens as a teacher, examination is not to fail the students, it’s to assess their understanding.

2) there’s no test without the lessons being presented first.

3) if we failed to give the answer, maybe we failed to listen.

4) wrongs are not our life definition, it’s just a signal to start paying attention.

5) the test becomes harder when we take it in the position of fear.

6) tests are half an hour per course, it’s not always everyday.

The same thing holds true in life. We are tested here and there. We feel the presence of the teacher, but He is not giving us the answer. And we sometimes forget that the teacher is usually silent during the test.

Therefore, if God seems silent, that means we have on the inside of us the answers. He already taught us through the Holy Spirit and His Word. We may lower down our bucket for some life answers like praying in the Spirit, praising God in the tests, speaking the Word for faith to come forth, keeping our trust in Jesus, and by being joyful in Christ alone.

So remember this: test is just temporary and we are always victors in Christ if we will not give up.

God bless everyone!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By His Spirit

So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of Hosts. -Zechariah 4:6 HCSB

Not by strength or by might. This is a picture of forcing my own way to produce something. For example, I really forced myself to be an elementary teacher. I applied to so many schools but no one really took time to hire me. I was not even called. And it frustrated me so much. Then there was the BPO industry that I ran away from countless times but I was hired without me sweating for it.

The same thing holds true for me being a college teacher. It was not me forcing my way into the school. It was the WORK of the Spirit of God. If it was only me in it, I will not be hired for sure. I did not have good feedback from them. I was not their choice but I believe I was and is still God’s choice and I am now teaching in this institution. Thank you Jesus!!!

I feel that the Holy Spirit kept reminding me of Proverbs 21:1 that says “A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.” The DEAN herself called me up and it was so smooth journey afterwards.

I have this tendency of being controlling and this verse reminded me to walk in step with the Holy Spirit. To practice hearing His Voice and His leading moment by moment and to practice following His voice. Yes, it’s scary!!! It was nerve wracking to even have a physical check up and even the checking of my blood pressure gave me a panic attack then but His Presence was there all along.

What if we will start listening to His voice? What if we will start following His leadership? What if we will try it right now? In the little things! Not necessarily into raising the dead although it could be astounding!!! It maybe following Him to read our Bible when He prompts us to do so. It could be praying for someone. It might be ignoring the criticism yet loving to the critical. Whatever that looks like. To practice submitting to His Voice and the Word of God is magnificent!!!

I wanna try it again!!! This is not super spiritual. This is a natural result out from an intimate relationship with Him.

May we enjoy hearing and following the Holy Spirit’s Voice and Leading Today.

Have A Blessed Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the truth is, there will be no Glorious Figs without the Holy Spirit in it.

Practice Keeping The Word

Everyday, I am bombarded with choices on what to believe and what I will choose to believe will take residence in my heart. And as I water what I believe everyday by constantly thinking about it and talking about, it will eventually be evident as fruit/s in my life.

“What I constantly believe about, I’ll think about and what I constantly think about, I’ll talk about and what I constantly talk about, it will come about.”

This is not an overnight thing that I happened to discover and becomes me the next day. This is a process as I continue to make a constant daily choice to be mindful of what to keep in my heart.

Am I going to feed the disbelief of people towards me? Am I going to keep the people’s dislike about me? Am I going to believe the worlds constant broadcast of impossibility and the never ending lies of the enemy?

My enemy also uses words to convince me of their lies and if I will not be careful, I will eventually believe it as the truth.

By now, it should be my conscious decision with the Holy Spirit’s help to practice keeping His commands in my heart.

To practice trusting Him by reading His Word daily so that His Word will take residence in my life and it will shape me as the person God intended me to be.

May each one of us will feast on the beauty of the Prince Of Peace today!!! May we have a beautiful sense of peace as we converse with Him.