God wants us to be happy, but HE knows that we cannot be truly happy until we are COMPLETELY HIS and until He is our ALL.
We give our hearts to so many things other than GOD. Especially the very gifts He himself gives to us - they become more important to us than He is. That’s not the way it is supposed to be. As long as our happiness is tied to the things we can lose, we are VULNERABLE.
John Eldredge, Walking with God, 85-86
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak.” (2 Corinthians 4:13, NKJV)
Every believer has been given a measure of faith. In order to see the promises of God come to pass in your life, you have to give your faith a voice. You must declare what God says about you in His Word. Those seeds of faith inside you are activated when you speak them out into the atmosphere. That’s why the scripture tells us, “Let the weak say I am strong. Let the poor say I am rich.” When you give your faith a voice and send forth the Word of God, the Bible says that He watches over His Word to bring it to pass in your life.
Every word you speak is a seed. Don’t dig up your seed by speaking against your faith! Don’t allow words of defeat or negativity come out of your mouth. Instead, water your seed by continuing to declare the Word of God. When you wake up every morning, thank Him that His promises are coming to pass in your life. As you do, you will see those things come to pass and live the life of victory God has prepared for you!
Without the anticipation of better things ahead, we will have no heart for the journey. To keep desire alive and flourishing, we must renew our vision for what lies ahead. JESUS has promised to “make all things new”.
Eye has not seen, ear has not heard all that GOD has in store for HIS lovers, which does not mean “we have no clue so don’t even try to imagine”, but rather, you cannot outdream GOD.
Source: The Sacred Romance
Of course the stage of the lover brings with it great pain and suffering, and the heart, as we all know, is vulnerable like nothing else. Resilient, thank God, but vulnerable. The heights of this joy this stage ushers in are greater than any other, but with them comes the potential for sorrow as deep as the heights are high.
That is why he must also be a WARRIOR, and that is why he must find his greatest love in GOD.
- Knowing the Heart of GOD, p112
I observe that it is much easier to forgive and love ourselves than other people. Why is that? I don’t really know the answer. I’m no genius. Maybe you can google that yourself.
I’m at a point where I have to make the answer for question number one. And stand by that decision no matter what. And my decision is I choose to love. By making that stand, I don’t by any means attempt to sound holy or righteous or saintly or whatever you call it.
I am making that choice because of this big word: COMMITMENT.
There comes a time when people who matter to us become particularly unlovable. Unlovable in the sense that they are not in the condition or being when we came to love them. Or the qualities that draw us to them seem to have flown away to places unknown. Unlovable in the sense that they have probably changed in a way we don’t particularly like and changed into being someone we are not particularly familiar with.
Or we don’t experience the same things they used to do that made us smile. Or simply because they hurt us.
These are the moments when saying I love you is just so tough.
For some people happiness seemed to be the most elusive thing. Some thought that it is something that they can’t really get hold of, something that doesn’t truly last. One moment it’s there and then at the blink of an eye, it leaves and an unwelcomed sadness visits them.
A friend of mine once shared that when a good thing happens to him or an event causes him to celebrate, he doesn’t give his all to celebrate because he knew that something’s coming to surely disappoint.
As I ponder upon his thoughts on happiness and his response on it, I became really uncomfortable. I do not in any way condemn my friend for responding that way. But admittedly, I felt bad for him. He is trapped in a miserable philosophy that imprisons him in a joyless, boring existence. I tried to share my views to him but to no avail. I guess we tend to hold unto things we have long convinced ourselves as truths.
Sharing you a poem I made decades ago. :) Yes, I’m exaggerating. heheh Sa mga nakakarelate, ang tulang ito ay isang kwento na may hindi masyadong happy ending (obviously! title pa lang) …Pero maaari din itong maging encouragement sa atin na ang isang hindi successful na lovestory ay hindi katumbas ng end of the world kahit ilang breakup songs pa yang nasa playlist mo at ilang kahoy ang ngsakripisyo para sa lahat ng tissue na pinampahid ng luha at sipon mo. Kaya pasalamat pa rin tayo na naimbento ang “move on” at humihinga ka pa, tumitibok pa puso kaya pwede pa ring umibig muli. (Yesssss…..! Naman! :)))))
HANGGANG DITO NA LANG
At natapos din ang lahat
Tila hanggang dito na lang
Pag-ibig na minsa’y pinagdarasal
Hindi ata kalooban ng Maykapal.
Al Ain is a two-hour travel from Al Ghubaiba. If I want to arrive not too late, I should catch the 7pm bus otherwise I need to wait for another 20 long minutes. I just came from our worship service in Al Barsha and then we had our practice after. I got out of the Metro at 7pm so I resigned myself in taking the 7:20 bus instead. Hurriedly, I made my way to the ticket center and pressed on to the bus. I settled on the second row where a Kabayan-looking lady was sitting.
“Ate, what time aalis ang bus?”
“Tanungin mo yung driver. Ayun oh, sa likod.”She is indeed a Kabayan. I glanced back and saw the driver collecting tickets from the passengers.
I asked because I was trying to calculate the time available for me to grab a quick dinner before the bus goes. The driver said that they’ll go as soon as it’s full and when I looked around it’s almost full so ok, for someone like me who’s gutumin I just hoped my water supply will sustain me for two hours. To occupy myself I listened to some good music until in the middle of the ride, the lady beside me said something about her seat wouldn’t incline. I gave her a smile and said something that may console her. Then a conversation ensued.