Footprints

I carried you. - God
I carried you. – God

 

Yesterday, I got stuck in the traffic for almost 3 hours so while on the bus, listening to a random list of songs on my phone, I imagined myself walking down the road together with the Lord. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints: one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints and I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. This really bothered me and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, You said that once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.” The Lord replied, “My daughter, My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried You.”

Realization:

First, I have learned that during the time of sufferings, God is near even when He seems so far away. Like Jesus, God did not abandon Him on the cross. He is with us step-by-step and many times He is carrying us through our difficult times.

Second, I have learned that during the time of sufferings, we must remain faithful to God even if we fell isolated from Him.  Although on the cross, Jesus felt isolation and abandonment from God, He didn’t give up on His faith.  Instead, Jesus trusted in God and remained faithful to Him.

Do what Jesus did! 🙂

God bless you.

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

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Do what you can and God will do the rest

 

(This was my post yesterday around 10pm, I just deleted the first one due to technical errors)

Devotions from April - May 2014
Devotions from April – May 2014

Before going to bed, natuwa akong basahin yung mga devotions ko from April to May at sobra akong na-amaze sa revelation ng Lord sakin nung April 21, 2014. I just want to share you on what God had taught me about this life.

Take away the stone.” – John 11:39

The story is about when Jesus went to raise Lazarus from the dead at sinabi Niya doon sa mga tao na alisin yung bato. Actually kaya naman ni Lord gawin yun mag-isa. Kaya Niyang alisin yung bato sa libingan ni Lazarus because we know that He is powerful but God revealed it to me that rolling that stone away from the door of the tomb are the things that those people can only do. They couldn’t raise Lazarus from the dead, but they could roll the stone away.

How to apply this to our life? God expect us to do all we can and then He will do what we can’t. Matthew 7:7-8 said that “for everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds and to Him who knocks, it will be opened”. Maybe 9 out of 10 doors we try are locked and we only going to find one open but we have got to do what we can. We can’t just sit there and say, “God revel it to me!” God expect us to put feet to our prayers to get out and do a little hoofing and look.

If we are doing our best to please and obey God, He will do almost anything for us, some of the most amazing things we could possibly imagine!

Short prayer:

Father God in heaven, thank you for Your encouraging words. Please help me and the one who is reading this to remember the important message about doing what we can and then trusting You to do the rest. Help me to have faith in You but also the determination to do all we can and push forward! In Jesus, Amen.

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

PEACE + LOVE = JESUS CHRIST

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 (NIV)

I wouldn’t be a part of a ministry if it were not for the grace of God and if it were not for my faith. I realized that God is my Maker, He made me, and I owe worship to Him. But I also realized that sin is my failure. I have sinned and rebelled against Him and I deserve His condemnation and I realize that Christ is my Savior, the only Savior who came to die in my place that I might be reconciled to God and that I must rest and trust on Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

It’s a pleasure for us to live in that new life where we’ve been freed from the bondage of sin. That’s what brings a church together. I’ve heard a sermon one time and he said, “A Gospel church is a family. It’s a family loved and chosen by God.” Tama nga naman, we are brought together by God in the first place. Kaya dapat we manifest God’s life in us in the graces of the Christian life, especially yung love. Ang “Christian love” ay dapat nagma-manifest sa ating relasyon sa bawat isa, from pastors, elders, workers at maging sa congregation.

Yes, kaya nating magbasa ng bible mag-isa, mag-pray ng solo pero may mga bagay na di natin kayang gawin sa sarili lang natin. Ako mismo I can’t grow and become more mature in Christ kung wala yung tulong ng aking mga leaders at mga kaibigan . We need one another. We can’t grow to Christian maturity apart from one another because so much of our growth is in our relationships with one another. Families get on one another’s nerves, families have to learn to forgive. Families can be places of tension and contention but we don’t want it to be that way. Syempre gusto natin at gusto ng Lord yung family that is shaped by the Gospel. We want a family with RESPECT, ESTEEM, AND LOVE FOR ELDERS WHO LABOR, LEAD, AND HELP YOU LEARN.

Family is amazing pero makikita natin na lahat ng members have very, very different aspects of their characters and personalities. There are different kinds of people. And Paul tells us that we don’t respond to everybody in the same way. Wala tayong karapatang husgahan kung bakit ganito siya, bakit ganyan siya. From my past experiences, I’ve learned that everybody who surrounds me is a blessing. Whether I hate that person or I can even accept her/his attitude but God used them for me to grow.

God wants us to have a peaceful family. Kahit minsan ikaw na yung nasasaktan, ikaw na yung nagsasacrifice, ayos lang! We are going to act like Jesus acted in His earthly ministry to us. We’re going to seek to do good to one another. Lagi nating isipin na mas matindi pa yung dinanas ni Jesus Christ para lang maligtas tayo.

 

Peace and Love and Jesus Christ

PEACE + LOVE = JESUS CHRIST

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. I ask that You would enable me to respond by seeing my own sin and repenting of it and by aspiring to this beautiful vision of what a church shaped by the Gospel should look like. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤