Heritage of Faith

Thank You Father for choosing me to become part of Your family. I am glad that my parents came to know You even before I was born. Thank You for the legacy my dad left, the one heritage of having faith in You.

I will forever be grateful for Your love and faithfulness in my life. I seek to have this kind of relationship–growing closer with You– all the days of my life.

 

My Word for 2014: ABIDE

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The holidays went by so quickly. It was more of  rest for me because I had nothing to worry about during those days. Most of the time were spent just lounging at home, reading books, remembering the year, connecting with the people we love, and spending time with God.

The year started with us celebrating with friends and family. We’ve been receiving guests every week as “housewarming”. I get tired every time but I realized it’s what I want to do: invite people over. I have learned a lot the past few weeks when it comes to hosting and I promise this year, I will try to be the perfect host. It will cost me money, time, and effort but I want to practice hospitality.

But above all, I want this year to be about me and my God being closer than ever. And so I choose this word: ABIDE.

I don’t remember how I came up with it but I know it’s what the Lord is telling me to do this year. I already made a declaration that I want More of Jesus this 2014. My New Year’s Prayer includes me wanting the wisdom to pore over His Words. I tried to End the Year Right by listing down the things I’ve learned and what God has done in my life. I even wondered how it is to be Just Like Enoch.

And then there’s our 40Days of Fasting at church. I joined this year and so far, so good. We’re on Day 10 now. The first week, we had our week of praying together at church. I had no excuse not to join because I am there everyday as I wait for my son. I got to lead the prayer time and devotion last Friday.

Most Christian churches I know start the year with a fast. It’s only this year that I’m serious with it. I thought I couldn’t do it but I’m now able to give up eating dinner. I failed over the weekend (ha!) but weeknights are more bearable.

I know it’s what the Lord requires of me this year. To be able to become a better wife and mother, I need to abide in Christ first.

To abide in Christ. What does it mean?

It means to remain.

To remain in Him in all aspects of my life.

To depend on Him for strength and grace to overcome.

This 2014, I want to read the Bible more and obey what He has to say.

To submit and soak in His presence.

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me.”
John 15:4

 

To be an effective minister, one must spend time with God first and foremost. I know I cannot give what I do not have so I intend to get to know my Savior more. I can only do that if I ABIDE in His Word.

My word for the year is ABIDE. What’s yours?

Faith Growing by Expression

Faith becomes even stronger once expressed. The more you share, the more you grow. Since I want to know Jesus more, I think it would be best if I share more of His goodness in my life.

I know there are a lot of books, blogs, and other resources about what Jesus had done but nothing beats His story written in my life and yours.

Next to the Greatest Story ever told— the Story of Salvation– is yours and mine. How you came to know Christ and how he Had changed your life is another great story you could tell.

Tell the world how He is working and how His promises are being fulfilled.

 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14

Grateful

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Grateful to the Father for adopting me into His family. Being a child of God has its many privileges. I can come to Him directly in my thoughts and through prayers. I am thankful that I learned about His Word at such a young age.

The Father has called my father who in turn brought us to church. What a joy it is to become part of a church— His family! I pray that my heart be a good soil where His word can be planted.

I desire to have a humble and pure heart so the truth can be cultivated by the Father, and be harvested in the future for the glory of His Kingdom.

May God reveal more of His truth as I seek His face everyday.

On Soul Improvement

I want to be more like Christ-like this year. I have so many things I want to change in my life but I should first seek what God wants.

I have dreams and hopes but more than them being fulfilled, I want them to be aligned to His will.

I claim honor and glory, but those won’t happen if I don’t seek His kingdom first and foremost.
I sometimes find it hard to believe that the Lord requires something from us. I thought His love is unconditional? Yes. But He wants us to become more like Jesus: just, mercicful, and humble.

To walk humbly with God is what I want. I want to go to places He’ll lead me.

I want to learn real humility. Lead me Lord.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

All That I Have

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All that I have and all that I am, I owe them all to God. There is nothing that I posses or can do that does not come from Him. There are times though that pride takes over but God, in His goodness and grace, would remind me of who He is in my life.

Grace sets me free from the dangers of disobedience. Doubt is there sometimes but I am thankful for the hope that is based on His word.

Everythin I have, I offer to God.
Everything I possess, I want to be used for His glory.
Everything I do, I do for my One Audience.

Joy and Hapiness

Don’t mistake happiness for joy.
Not everything that makes you happy gives that kind of joy that is important.
Don’t let relationships and your faith in the Lord falter whenever trouble comes.

Even if death comes, you can still find peace and joy from having a close relationship with God.

You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
Acts 2:28

More of Jesus

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I want to know Jesus more. May this year be the year that my Lord and I are closer than ever. I desire to walk closely with Him as I learn to abide in His Word each day.

Is that possible? Absolutely. As long as I keep the fire burning in my heart…this desire…this longing to be in His presence all the time. Only by His grace.

God’s Word is true. It is my prayer this year that I would get to know my Lord like never before. I desire to be more fit physically this year but I hope to me more spiritually healthy.

I want to have that insatiable hunger for the Living Word and a thirst for righteousness.

I want that “never a day goes by that I don’t read the Bible” kind of life.

I want more of Jesus.

This 2014, may I learn to abide in You.

Just Like Enoch

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I wonder how it is to walk with God everyday just like Enoch. He walked together with God each day so closely that Enoch was taken away to heaven.

God must have been so delighted in him that He wanted him by His side in heaven. It may have been difficult for those left behind, Enoch’s family and friends, but his being in heaven was also comforting.

I remember when my dad died, that moment of peace that I still remember and feel right now. That his death was gain. He had  lived a full life and was not wasted. My daddy had shown me how to love, how to become a godly parent, how to be a friend, and how to be a servant. He had offered his life to God and walked closely with Him.

Thinking about it now, my dad must have liked Enoch in the Bible so much that he nicknamed my brother with the same name. Perhaps he wanted my brother to also walk closely with God. I have never pondered on Enoch’s life until today. He was mentioned only a few times in the Bible and yet his life had a great impact—so faithful that God took him away.

I want that kind of faithfulness Enoch had. I hope to have that joy he had each morning.

I hope to have the kind of willingness my dad had, with nary a care, doing things for God because it wasn’t something he had to do but something he wanted to do.

Just like Enoch, I want to walk with God. So closely that He’d want to take me with Him everywhere.

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
Hebrews 11:5

Broken to be Made Whole

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Shame sometimes gets the best of me but I’ve learned that God allows us to be broken so we can be made whole again. He doesn’t hurt us directly but He allows us to experience pains and heartaches for us to learn and become even stronger.

God’s proof of love is not always material blessings. The best proof of His magnificent love is that while we were still sinners, He sent His beloved Son to die for our sins. He spared His own Son for our deliverance.

Remember that you are special. You are a treasure in God’s eyes.

Yield your lives to His control and see that He can use your responsibilities, relationships, ridicule… obstacles and obligations…problems, pressures, and pains….solitude, sickness, and success— everything for His glory. All those can be used for your ultimate good. (Romans 8:28)

Whenever you feel that the enemy is taking over your life, rebuke it. Remember that the enemy has already been defeated. Whatever we are being confronted right now is just the twitching. Someday, the enemy will completely be destroyed. Anyway, Jesus left with us the Holy Spirit to guide us and be our Counselor–to be able to face the enemy.

But for us to be empowered and able to face all challenges, we must learn to rest on His Word and abide in His presence. This will come as a result of worshiping Him in spirit and in truth—by giving Him worth through praise, preoccupation with Him, and obedience to God. No tradition nor ritual could substitute your adoration to God. You can come to Him directly. He is always available, accessible, and attentive too.

Obey God without any questions, procrastination, and hesitation. Do everything just as God commanded you. Fill your heart with Jesus and He will come out of your lips.

“And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.”
Romans 8:28