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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 

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No matter how bad yesterday was, it now belongs to the past. Don't let it worry you nor stop you from pursuing the many possibilities of today.

Today is a gift you can unwrap and share with all. That's why it's called present. Open God's present with a happy heart.

God has set a double fence before the tongue, the teeth and the lips, to teach us to be wary
that we offend not with our tongue. Thomas Watson


When we begin our day with an attitude of gratefulness, it leaves little room for complaints and much room for grace and blessings to fluorish.

If we know ourselves, we'll be less proud and if we know others we will be less judgmental.

Saving us is the greatest and most concrete demonstration of God's love, the definitive display of His grace throughout time and eternity. David Jeremiah

A new day makes us think how very precious our life is. To live not on yesterday's sorrows nor on tomorrow's dreams, but rather on today's blessings.

Anger flees when the Spirit's fruit fills our hearts. Billy Graham

The finest part of a good person's life is the little unknown acts of kindness and love he gave to others. We obtain happiness not because we look good outside and do great things but because we are beautiful inside and do small things with great love for His glory.

Being grateful with what we possess is good, enjoying them is better, and giving thanks for it gives glory and honor to the giver.

Monday, May 28, 2012

 

Little miracles

Whenever I am down, I tend to focus on the problem – what I don’t have which I’ve long been praying to have – to the point of dwelling on the lack until it becomes sinful enough by wallowing in self-pity and forgetting all the blessings I’ve been so generously bestowed with. I tend to forget the positives, clouded my vision is with the things that I perceive to be missing and of utmost necessity in my life. This is the reason why I am typing this right now and the reason why I’ve been compiling scrapbooks of little things that will remind me of God’s generosity (and consequently my own ingratitude) whenever I am beset by those odd, uncomfortable feelings once again.

If I didn’t sit down and review the past, I would have forgotten the following miracles I have been favored with. First, it’s no secret how little my pay is in my current job – a far cry from what I have gotten used to. My job is also not the greatest job I’ve ever dreamed of, but perhaps it is already a miracle that I have a job at all in these uncertain times and that I am getting by at all.

Certain little events, however, have come by that would have been otherwise impossible, given my more or less fixed pay at work. And which is why I call them little miracles. The first involves how I was able to acquire my laptop, which cost me almost Php40,000 at the time. I needed the laptop to be able to work from home, a novel, irresistible arrangement which my company offered. God knows I wouldn’t be able to afford it even if I saved regularly and scrimped on everything. But lo and behold, a friend in need suddenly told me he could no longer pay in instalment this newly acquired laptop that he got from his office. He offered an arrangement that I would be crazy to turn down: 20 instalments for the abovementioned figure. I can’t recall how I was able to pay him back in only about four or five instalments. Unbelievable, but it's true.

Then came this time when I was invited to attend this seminar that I knew I badly needed called the Landmark Forum. The two-day affair would set me back by Php25,000. I knew everyone in my family would be scandalized to learn about it, so I kept it a big secret. What do you know – someone who owed me something for a writing/editing job I had done in the past, which I had completely forgotten, suddenly called me up, saying frantically that his editor resigned and he needed my help badly. Wow, that meant a lump sum of Php20,000 due to his debt, which accumulated because he kept on delaying to pay me for the little and big things I did for him until I gave up working for him. I didn’t realize I had that amount from him and he would have a change of heart and pay up; worse, due to the long delay, I gave up my expectation until I forgot all about it.

The third is about how I acquired a digital camera, which I’d long been wanting to have, to replace my antiquated analog device. A friend and former classmate in California learned that I edit papers on the side when I was not writing on the side, both of which I do rarely (and only for selected friends), and she needed my help in writing several term papers. As pay, she gave me not just a modest amount but also a nice Sony digicam. I had been dreaming of a Kindle at least or an iPad -- or even an iPod would do, but a digicam (with video capability too) wasn’t so bad.

The fourth was how I acquired several pair of shoes that I didn’t buy -– they were all given to me. The only pair I bought for myself was this Nike rubber shoes that are now worn out. I was able to buy it when I retired from the former company I worked for. I knew I needed a new one, but kept on withholding, knowing how much shoes cost. But I was not just given two but four, and I was not even fervently praying for one. The first one was a classic Converse Chuck Taylor on sale, which was quite affordable, though I would still be thankful having it for free because it costs Php1,000. The rest were all branded shoes (Adidas, Puma, Perry Ellis), whose designs I actually preferred if only I was capable of buying them with my budget. The Adidas came from my brother in exchange for a pair of Nikes which another old friend who needed help with her masteral papers gave me as some form of payment. If it’s fun to have shoes that I didn’t technically pay or work for, it's even more fun and surprising to have gotten a pair for free, which the fourth pair was all about: I won it over a guessing game online with my former high school classmates. Who knew something like that could happen? It's crazy!

The other miracle that I shouldn’t forget writing down is not about me, for a change. In one of those rare moments that I was really possessed, or held in thrall, by the Holy Spirit, I remember praying fervently for this parish whose Sunday services I regularly took benefit from. Seeing how ugly the church building was, how the choir croaked like a bunch of frogs that needed more practice, how the priest sounded uninspired, and how the parishioners lacked that vigor that only a charismatic spirituality could give, I don’t know what came over me, but I was overcome by a kind of pity that I knew never existed in my heart. I pleaded to God to please renew his church and his church people in this little growing community.

About ten years after or so, lo and behold, I am witnessing a newly constructed church that had a grandness befitting God, a choir that sang in harmoniously blending voices, a group of priests that sounded like the first apostles, and a parishioner that has been conquered by the Singles and Couples for Christ communities. I do not want to presume it was all caused by my prayer, but I feel like a prayer like that from a disinterested person (disinterested because I don’t really consider myself belonging to the parish, being a transient here, just a Sunday mass-goer and all) sounded especially sweet to God.

The last bit is a miracle that I somewhat resent because, unlike the preceding, I didn’t benefit from the answered prayer; other people did. In two of my past major jobs (I had little temp jobs in between), I often walked to my workplace with sadness seeing the ever-depressing urban decay all around: beggars, trash, disorderliness, and the squatters in the Magallanes area, the horrific overcrowding, high crime rate, and horrendous traffic in Pasay Rotunda, and the boring and depressingly ugly intersection of Buendia (now Gil Puyat) cor. Pasong Tamo (now Chino Roces). In my weak moments, I would feel so helpless and be reduced to my usual self-pitying self. But sometimes, I was gripped with hope in the Holy Spirit, which I realized, I should learn more and more to be my default spiritual posture. I am a very slow learner, see, spiritually speaking; until now, I consider myself a growing boy in the spiritual eyes of God the father, still having too many basic things to learn, but in that moment, I prayed. And those prayers I now consider miraculous themselves because, looking back, I had nothing in me (at least the old me or the fallen side of me) that would ever want to say those prayers. And those prayers were somewhat like this: “Lord, I pray for urban renewal. I pray that this place be transformed right now, in your mighty name, oh, Jesus!”

I had forgotten those special (because rare) requests to God, until one day I happened to set foot once again on the same paths that I took despondently. Those exact places I prayed for are now transformed as though they joined this TV show that awarded certain people and places a general makeover. The transformation of the corner of Magallanes area where a skeleton of a high-rise stood for what felt like centuries is now beyond my wildest dream. All I prayed for was for it to be cleaned of things that displeased my delicate eyes. Pasay Rotunda remains in need of a total makeover, but it is now a far cry to what I had witnessed. I figure God listens to prayers not just for people but also for entire places, even for countries and the whole world. (St. Therese of Liseaux, I would learn later, would often pray generously like this, willingly offering all her sufferings, especially for missionaries and souls in purgatory. My prayers are still a far cry from that, but I’m trying.)

I still have a lot of crazy requests on my prayer list, but these lessons are more than enough for me. If I take a look on my life hard enough, little and big miracles do happen, and they do happen often, especially when God likes the prayer, which is invariably one that's naively trusting, or one that's quite daring in asking the impossible, or one that is totally unselfish.

Friday, May 25, 2012

 

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Happiness is a choice that I can make any time, any place and anywhere. Adam Jackson

Today I will laugh and let my heart sing. None of us know what tomorrow may bring. Today I will be thankful that God is on my side. No need to worry, no need to hide. Today I will proclaim it -- His promises are true! Faith can move mountains and save countries too. Today I will live as God would intend, enjoying each blessing from beginning to end. Today is a gift, a gift that's worth sharing, like the gift of God's love.

If you can't see the bright side, polish the dull side.

Kind words make good echoes.

Life is short, pray long.

The best things in life aren't things.

No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.

Life is a measure to be filled, not a cup to be drained.

When you're green with envy, you're ripe for trouble.

The tongue weighs practically nothing, but few can hold it.

We stand tallest when we stoop the help others.

We receive and achieve only when we believe.

Lord, I'm carrying something I cannot handle, but I know that you can, so I give it all to you.

The Son of God alone can restore us to God, for He shed His lood to cleanse our sins and give us a new life. Watchman Nee

Every sixty second you spen being angry, upset or mad is a full minute of happiness you'll never get back. Life is too short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And most importantly, never regret anything that made you smile.

Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection. Watchman Nee

Let it be your business every day, in the secrecy of the iner chamber, to meet the Holy God. Andrew Murray

Jonh 12: 1-11 When we love, we give our best affection, we share the abundance of our generosity and we waste our precious time and resource with our beloved.

When it seems you can't forgive, remember how much you've been forgiven. ODB

Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself or any creature. John Wesley

Do not look for things or people that aren't there, just always be thankful for what you have, because the more you look for something not with you, the more you find something wrong with what you have.

Our sin is great. God's grace is greater.

In the palm of His hand God has written your name, for you are loved not for what you are to others but for who you are to Him.
Salvation comes through a cross and a crucified Christ. Andrew Murray

Our heaviest cross today might be our greatest blessing tomorrow.

The best place in the world is right in the arms of someone who will not only hold you at your best but will pick you up and hold you tighter at your weakest.

I can love you but God can love you deeper. I can be a friend but God can be your best friend. You can cry to me, but God can dry your tears. I can hold your hand but God can carry you.

Our feet are meant to move forward, not backwards.

Winners are positive thinkers who see good in all things. From the ordinary, they make the extraordinary. Nancye Sims

Kindness is an inner desire that makes us do good things for others even if we don't get anything in return.

One young lion asked his mom, Where is happiness? On your tail, says the mother. So the young lion spent the whole day tired chasing after his tail. Son, you don't have to chase after your happiness. Just keep moving forward and your happiness will follow.

What makes life exciting? It is when God gives you the strength and courage to fight a losing battle despite the fact that all you want to do is to surrender.

What really matters in life is not what you hold in your hand but what you hold in your heart.

Godly people are like lighted candles. The darker the night, the brighther they shine. They do not make noise about their brightness and do not lose their light by sharing it with others.

The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God's eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace. We must dare to opt consciously for our chosenness and not allow our emotions, feelings and passions to seduce us into self-rejection. Henri Nouwen

No person can love you the way God can. No person can complete you the way god can. No person can satisfy the desires of your heart the way God can.

Prayers should be our first response rather than our last resort. ODB

Storms of life come not to destroy but to deepen our roots.

Why be lonely? God is always there. Jesus promised never to leave or forsake us. We are indwelt by the Holy Spriit of God. We live in fellowship with god. We are not cut off from God's purposes. We are his purposes.

Make peace with the past so it won't screw up the present.

What other people think of you is none of your business.
Time heals everything. Give time.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Don't compare your life with others' and don't judge them. You have no idea what their journey is about.
Smile -- you don't own all the problems in the world.

Greatness is all about God, who we are because of what he has done in our life. I am great because I am his child.

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next.

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction, the one that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our very best.

A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. It's attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers. Jean Vanier

Understanding is deeper than knowledge. Many people know us, but very few understand us. It's because understanding is more of the heart than of the mind.

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Do not accept lovein return. Just wait for it to grow in their heart. But if it does not, be content that it grew in you.

A baby mosquito returned after its first flight. Dad asked, How do you feel? It replied, Dad it was wonderful! Everyone was clapping for me. Take everything positively.

Prayer is a deserted moment in which we are alone with God. If we don't pray, our presence is manipulative, words are meaningless, friendship is superficial, ministry is merely a job. If we pray, our presence is transformative, words are meaningful, friendship is profound, ministry is loving service.

Judas' criticism of the costly perfume, which he thought should have been sold and given to the poor, was misplaced. Loving neighbor alone is not enough. We are to love God first and foremost, then let good works flow from that love.

Jesus, increase my trust that You always intend good for me even if it is painful and purifying.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus took two separate and independent Old Testament laws of loving God and loving neighbor and fused them into one law of the New Testament, giving humanity 3D glasses and a deeper, more meaningful view of life.

If we reach out to God, He will not allow any ugliness we have done to be life a chain that will forever ite us down to the past. But the good we have done in the past is not unbreakable rope with which God ties us to His side. If it's our wish to go away, he will sadly let us go. This breaking away is not an abrupt break but rather a gradual drift. Are we coming to jesus or going away from him?

The poorest person in the world is not the one without a single coin in his hand, but the one without God in his life.

Walking with God is the best adventure, finding him is the best achievement, and having him as companion is the best source of happiness.

In life, the best ornamen is humiliy, the richest wealth is wisdom, the strongest weapon is patience, the best security is faith, and the best mental tonic is laughter.

One say can change a moment, one idea can change the world, one step can start a journey, but a prayer can change even the impossible.
The most useful asset of a person is not a head full of knowledge
but a heart full of love, with an ear open to listen and a hand willing to help.
Live with no excuses, love with no regrets.
When life gives you 100 reasons to cry, you have 1000 reasons to smile.

Be thankful for yesterday because you have wonderful memories to think about.
Be thankful for today because you are able to wake up to celebrate life.
Be thankful for tomorrow because you will be able to fulfill your dreams and wishes.
But most of all, be thankful to God for He was with you today and he will always be with you tomorrow and forever.

Mountains in the Bible are holy places where god meets man. On a mountain, God tested Abraham's faith and trust by asking him to sacrifice his only son Isaac. (Gen 22:2) on a mountain, Jesus revealed to His apostles His divine nature in the amazing Transfiguration (Mk 9:2). Ths was to give them courage for the coming terrible event where God would sacrifice His only Son on another mountain, Mt. Calvary. We all have to climb a mountain to meet God. Mt. Pain, Mt. Poverty, Mt. Injustice, Mt. Betrayal.

 

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The only mistakes in life are those we do not learn from.

Wise men learn from the mistakes of others. Fools learn from their own mistakes.

Relationship is take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E. Rick Warren

An arrow can be shot only by pulling it back first. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it is going to launch you towards something great.

Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the rath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20)

Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise. Ps 90:12

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers. St. Teresa of Avila. Thank you for granting my prayers, but thank You also for refusing many of them for my own good. Help me to persevere in waiting and laboring in prayer, for You know what is best for me.

Don't be totally heavily worried about everything going wrong around you. That's my job. - God

Because your walk is by faith, you can see ahead only one step at a time. Be encouraged that the way is definite and deliberate and that God's word is dependable. Let it be the light of life that guides you as you walk through this dark world today. warren Wiersbe

Prayer is when an amazing exchange happens. You hand over your worries and the lord hands over his peace.

Like water, adjust yourself in every situation in any shape anytime, but most importantly find our your own way to flow.

6 ways to be happy: free your heart from hatred, free your mind from worries, live simply, expect less, give more, always pray.

When I woke up this morning, I asked myself what are some of the secrets of success in life? I found the answers right there in my own room. the fan said be cool.the roof said aim high. the window said see the world. the clock said every minute is precious. the mirror said reflect before you act. the door siad push hard for your goals and the carpte said kneel down and pray.

Faith and prayer are invisible, but they make impossible things possibble.

It is God's part to do wonders; ours is the simplest: to trust and pray.

When God pushes you to the edge, trust Him fully, because only two things can happen. Either He will catch you when you fall or he will teach you how to fly.

The umbrella cannot stop the rain but it allows us to stand in the rain. Faith in God may not remove our trails, but it gives us God's strength to overcome them.

God is the source of all graces. He does not ask if we are worthy, but He pours upon us the riches of his love to make us worthy.

-----------------Time is the most playful element because it lengthens the minutes when you wait and rushes the hours when you enjoy the moment.

Life has its own way of making us smile even when we're about to give up and lose hope. because certain suprises come your way just when you thought you would never smile again. god's blessing may come as a surprise

, and how much you receive depends on how much your heart can believe.


Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Thomas Moore

There is no limit to God's understanding. he knows the secret of the universe and of the human heart. We never have to worry that he doesn't understand our situation.


Resolution one: I will live for God. Resolution Two: Even if no one else does, i still will. Jonathan Edwards


The worst disease in the world is not leprosy or tuberulosis but the feeling of being unwanted, unloved and abandoned by everyone. - Mother Teresa

God leads us into the future one step at a time.

One little act of kindness can have multiple results. ODB

Lord,there is nothing that will happen today that you and I cannot overcome.

The more we serve Christ, the less we will serve ourselves.

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure. Where your treasure is, there is your heart. Where your heart is, there is your happiness. St. Augustine

Faith is the simplest and plainest thing in the world. It is simply believing God. Hannah Whitall Smith
The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy. Mother Teresa



Wasting the gift of time insults the giver of time. ODB

An undivided heart, which worships God alone, and trusts Him as it should, is raised above all anxiety for earthly wants. John Cunningham

Love deosn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness. Jean Vanier

Every believer is God's miracle. - Philip James Bailey

You do not need to know precisley what is happening, or exactly where it is going. what you need is to recognize the possiblities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. Thomas Merton

Instead of blaming, help. The Upper Room

Morning is a miracle that takes place everyday. The Upper Room

Prayer is not conquering God's reluctance, but taking hold of God's willingness. Phillips Brooks
Greatness is
not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character. - William Ward


I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man-made world. Helen Keller

God's love is the voice when you can't speak, the strength when you are weak, the hope when you are down, and the smile when you are sad.


----------- Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Confucius

God's gift to us are meant to be shared. The Upper Room

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness not because they never found it but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.

Every human activity, except sin, can be done for God's pleasure, if you do it with an attitude of praise. Rick Warren
When
you cannot rejoice in feelings, circumstances or conditions, rejoice in the Lord. A.B. Simpson


God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. Randy Alcorn

The holy work of delivering souls demands constant renewal through fellowship with God. Andrew Murray

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. St. Augustine

Our thoughts and desires must be offered completely to the Lord. Watchman Nee
God has given believers the responsibility of spreading the Gospel to all the world, and we need to use all at our disposal to accomplish this task. Theodore Epp



Serving others helps to heal your grief.

God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you. St. Augustine
When God forgives, he at once restores. Theodore Epp



Everyday is an opportunity to make the most of the wonderful person you are. Collin McCarty
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Truman Capote



Every mighty move of the Spirit of God has had its source in the prayer chamber. E.M. Bounds

Plant, tend as you can, and leave the rest to God.


We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. Frederick Koenig

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious don't live at all. Princess Diaries

Forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will.

Let yoour hope keep you joyful Be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Rom 12:12

Life daily grind can wear you out. But if you depend on the Lord, He will renew your strength. Endurance means exchanging your limited abilities for God's limitless resources. It is yours for the asking - His strength for your weakness.

May the footprints we leave behind show that we've walked in kndness toward the earth and every living thing. American Indian saying

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul. Henry Ward Beecher

True greatness does not lie with those who strive for worldly fame; it lies instead with those who choose to serve in Jesus' name.

We can do great things for the Lord if we are willing to do little things for others.

To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than most pleasant accomodations here. Jonathan Edwards

7 Enemies of Commitment: a lifestyle of giving up, a belief that life should be easy, a wrong belief that success is a destination, an attitude of negative thinking, an acceptance of other people's fence, an irrational fear of failure, a lack of vision. John Maxwell

Three best to have in plenty: sunshine, wisdom and generosity. Irish saying

in life the best ornament is humility, the richest wealth is wisdom, the strongest weapon is patience, the best security is faith, the best tonic is laughter. These are God's blessings. Share them and be blessed even more.

And hope does not disappoint us because God has pured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Rom 5:5

Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth it has always been a sign that you're alive.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

 

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Most of the problems in life are because of these: we act without thinking and we keep on thinking without acting. Start the day using heart and mind, then act.

Keep it mind that God is your greatest companion, because no matter how imperfect you are and no matter wwhat happens in your life, God will still be there. One touch is enough to heal a wounded heart. but whatever our pain, whatever our struggle, one God is more than enough.


In God's eyes, love is never absent. In God's heart, forgiveness is never impossible. In God's embrace, no one is ever alone or forgotten.

I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. Max Lucado


Those who have reverence for the Lord will learn from Him the path they should follow. They will always be prosperous, and their children will possess the land. Ps 25:12-13

Happiness is not found in having and acquiring for ourselves, but in giving and helping others. The more joy and happiness we give, the more we receive. Adam Jackson

Life often gives us rains of trials and difficulties. But we know that with God inside our hearts, we always have the best umbrella.

Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your god will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less and less. G.K. Chesterton

When you seek me with your heart, I will be found by you. Jer. 29:13-14



Who is blind? One who can see no other world but his self. Who is poor? One who is troubled by many desires. Who is rich? One who is happy and contended with what he has. Who is happy? One who knows God and knows that God loves him.

Work for a cause, not for applause.

Live life to express, not to impress.

Don't strive to make your presence noticed. Just make our absence felt.

Often we place our trust in things that are finite, fallible and destructible. Yet we find it difficult to place our trust in God. Men and their ideas come and go, but Jesus christ remains the same forever. "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will never pass away. Lk 21:33

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and work and to play and to look up at the stars. Henry van Dyke
The more you humble yourself, the more God lifts you up.

The more you don't expect God to reward you for serving His cause, the more you receive from him.


The simplest way to please God is not to repay all the blessings we receive from Him but to simply pass His love to others.

Monday, May 21, 2012

 

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Love without condition: talk without bad intention, give without reason, forgive without hesitation, and care for people without expecting anything in return.

God has arranged events and placed people in our life for a reason. In the same way, we have been appointed to be part of someone's life for a reason. Make that reason count. Because for every life we touch, we are gaining treasures for our own. Be a gift.

A heart that is open to appreciate every blessing is bigger than the eyes that see what is missing. May our blessings be the reason to celebrate life and may those missing serve as inspiration to work for a life that never stops to get better in spite of what seems to be lacking.

Mistakes are teachers of life. Trials are molder of the strong. Defeats are coaches of the brave. Hope gives you chances. Trust builds your relationships. Love inspires your heart. And above all these, a man bleeding and nailed on a cross created a beautiful life for you.

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. Samuel Smiles

When we can't understand God's reason for doing things the way He does, let's pray and whipser, Lord, please give me a trusting heart and not a questioning mind.

God is good all the time. Everyday God thinks of you. Ps 68:19. Every hour our God looks after you. 2Thess3:3. Every minute God cares for you. 1Peter 5:7. Every second He loves you. Jer 31:3.

God has put you where you are right now for a reason. You are there to bless, to inspire and to create a positive influence. You are there because God can use you to be his hand, feet and mouth to carry out His work.

If you are afraid of failure, then you can never be successful.

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the flower leaves on the heel of the one who crushed it. Mark Twain

Even when things are getting worse instead of better -- I believe God! T.D. Jakes

We receive from Him whatever we ask, because we obey His command and do what pleases Him. 1 Jn. 3:22

Each day our mission is to bring comfort to one's heart, bring God's word to one's mind, and bring hope to one's soul.

When you feel lonely, when you feel unwanted, when you feel sick and forgotten, remember you are precious to him. Mother Teresa

Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

Time healf almost everything, give time.

No one is in charge of your own happiness except you.

Don't compare your life to others and don't judge them. You have no idea what their journey is about.

Smile. You don't own all the problems in the world.

Do not strive in your own strength. cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidnece that He is with you, and works in you. Andrew Murray

Seek the highest wisdom not by arguments of words, but by the perfection of your life, not by speech but by faith coming from simplicity of your heart.

God's greatest power can be displayed in our biggest weakness. ODB

Sometimes we wish we were better, wish we were somewhere, wish we had that something, wish we did something else. But sometimes, we wish too much that we miss to enjoy who we are, where we are, and what we have. Stay happy. The secret to happiness is to embrace and appreciate everything that happens in our lives.

Worship is giving God the best that He was given you. Oswald Chambers

He is invited to do great things who receives small things greatly. Cassiodoeus

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. Billy Graham

Ang puso ni Lord, parang salamin; ilang ulit mo man basagin, pag tiningnan mo, andun ka pa rin.

If one day everything will be taken away from you, give it up, but never give up the last thing you have: your relationship with God. You are abundantly blessed.

The most humbling statement we can say is I am nothing without God. And our most powerful statement is With God I can do anything.

Worry doesn't improve the future, it only ruins the present. ODB

I am weak but my God is strong. I don't have all but I have him. Though I'm tired I know he's not tired of loving me and that's enough inspiration for me to face each day. Cause Im just someone imperfect but loved by a perfect God.

Winners are positive thinkers who see good in all things. From the ordinary they make the extraordinary. Nancye Sims

The most important qualification for a servant of God is that he does not seek his own. Zac Poonen

Every day is an opoortunity to make the most of the wonderful person you are. Collin McCarty

As you admire the wonderful things God has made today, remember you're one of them! Wonderful inside and out. You're blessed. You're special. You're loved.
Faith shines brightest in a childlike heart. ODB

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