When the sign turned.

CorPDear friends,

Happy New Month.

I know we all have a rushing feeling as the year 2016 draws to a final close. If you are like me, there will be so many reflections about the year. What went well, what didn’t go as planned etc. In all of this, please be encouraged by the devotion below. All things work together for our good.

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A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help”. There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by and he took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.

He took the sign and, turned it around and wrote some words on it. He put the sign back so that everyone who would walk by would see the new words. Soon, the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving more money to the blind boy.

That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognised his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write? The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day; but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind and asked for sympathy. The second sign reminded people how fortunate they were to have their sight. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Be thankful for what you have. Be creative, be innovative. Think differently and positively. Be positive and have a great attitude. Be positive, patient and persistent. Don’t forget how blessed you are. Being negative only makes your life’s journey more difficult. Don’t be negative when you have so much to be positive about and at least, you are alive.

Count your blessings, not your burden. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

It’s already December! No matter how 2016 has been, keep the faith and drop the fear. Faith is not about everything turning out OK. Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out. If you appreciate this message, please share.

For every bad event that may have happened to you this year, there is at least, one good thing.

Focus on that good thing as the year ends.

Source: Our Daily Manna. October to December 2016.

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When a child explains God

Heart of stoneHappy new month dear friends,

We are now in period that some people will fondly call the “ember” months. Reviewing and reflecting on the last few months is typical. I have been blessed with so many things but among them is the mind of my daughter and how she easily translates what the word of God says without her even being aware of it. This article below just reminds me of how we really do need to see things from a simple perspective. I hope this reading touches you and re-positions the way you need to see GOD in these times.

 

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8 years old Danny Littoi of Chula Vista (Califirnai, USA) had a class assignment to “Explain God”. Below from a child’s eye, you can see God better.

“One of God’s main job is making people. He makes them to replace the old ones that die. He does not make grown ups; just babies! I think it is because they are smaller and easier to make. God’s second job is listening to prayers and that is because people are so many including preachers, who pray when God is supposed to be sleeping. God has no leisure (rest time) and He has no time to listen to radio or television.

Because he hears everything, there must be terrible lots of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off. Jesus is God’s son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles. People finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified him. His Dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all is hard work on earth so he told him that he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did and he is helping his dad out by listening to prayers like a secretary. You should always go to church on Sundays because it makes God happy. Don’t skip church or do something like going to the beach, washing clothes or watching television. And besides, the sun does not come out till noon anyway.

Its’s good to know God loves everyone. He is around you when you are scared in the dark. But you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figured that God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. That is why I believe in God.

Source: Our Daily Manna, July to September 2016

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Starting Over.

I now understand what it means to have a writers block…my last original article was written almost a year ago and although I had (and still have) so much to say, articulating down on this blog was a challenge. I couldn’t get my words and thought aligned to each other.

The challenges I have faced within last year I must say,  has been overwhelming. Rathar than build my faith, I seem to be loosing hope and allowing various levels of fear creep in. My worst nightmare was the loss of my dear Dad in December 2013. That situation, though I am climbing out step by step, still has a deep hole in my heart and my life.

My dad was more than an exemplary man…there was so much he gave us that letting go is something I’m still finding a way to reach. His passing away is giving me a new perspective on Fatherhood from God’s perspective though. If I feel my Dad gave me all I ever wanted and needed, that means God, my heavenly father, will do so much more. God being here for me makes so much sense now than before. I am able to better apply his word and his promises to me now…and kind of relate more and close the unsaid gap I feel. Since my Dad is no longer a phone call away, God is always a sec closeby. Isn’t it funny how life brings you to various level of understanding and wisdom when you pass through tough times?

The birth of my daughter I must say,  is something God is using to start me over. Caring for her every need at every second reminds me of how much of attention I need to give the God that gave her to me and how much attention God also gives me. If I could take due care and diligence in my relationship with God the way I do my daughter and husband, perhaps dealing with the loss of my Dad will come easier….I would have total confidence in the understanding that God has his ways and reasons and for that, he is totally  unquestionable in any situation I have to face.

Starting over isn’t an easy ride…but its always necessary for what ever level in our walk with God we find ourselves. It enables us reflect on so many things and come to a viable conclusion on where we truly need to be in Christ.

As I mourn my Dad, celebrate another birthday this month and look after my family, I am still learning and know I need to constantly remind myself that God is involved in everything that concerns me. It doesn’t look that way sometimes but I need to renew my mind to make it think and feel along that line.

Starting over gives a fresh perspective on life…you and I need to embrace it. Come what may, God is still God!

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