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My Weakness, His Strenght

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Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may grow weak, but God always  protects my heart and gives me stability.

There are days that I wake up feeling tired, achy, and hurting. My body, after all, made of flesh grows older each day. If it is not one thing is the other. At the same time, after suffering through turmoils and heartache, I grow weak in mind and spirit. My heart feels the aching.

However, God’s grace is sufficient for me. It restores my physical strength and heals my spirit. I will hold on to God’s grace and allow it to let my weakness become His strength in me. His strength will feed my soul the energy it needs to continue carrying on when I am ready to give up.

Thank you, Lord, for being my strength, my protector, and my stability. It is you who regains in my, the love I need.

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God’s Compassion

 

 psalm 103 13

Romans 9

 15 For he says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

 Psalm 103

 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers.

When I listen to others tell me their problems, I do my best to empathize with them. I focus all my attention on them, and listen to what they are saying. I try hard not to be composing an answer until they are finished. However, not everyone does that. It can be frustrating to converse with someone who instead of listening, is trying to answer before we are done contributing what is in our hearts. As a person, I feel that I need to understand what is being conveyed.

 That is one good thing about talking to God. He always listens to everything we have to say without interrupting us. He patiently waits for us to finish. He makes it easy to communicate with Him. So, talk to Him, wait for His answer, and savor His compassion.

 Talking to God

 Whenever there is something in our heart that we need help with, we need to let Him know. Let all our burdens be casted on him. He loves being sought after. He enjoys being a part of our lives. He is a good listener. He waits for us to tell Him everything before he intercedes. He understands our thoughts, our heart, our intentions, and our burdens.

 Waiting for His answer

 Communication with God has many rewards. We talk to Him. He answers back. It may take some time, but he is working on our requests. When we communicate with Him, we let him know that we wait for his reply. We aren’t just talking to talk. We must have patience when we are waiting for an answer. If we believe in our hearts that he has heard us, then we believe in our hearts that he will answer.

 God’ Compassion

 Because God is compassionate, we can rest assured that he will not judge us for asking, for talking, or for being listened to. Our spirit will guide us on what is right or wrong. He will intercede when the time is right. God shows his compassion for us in many different ways. We may see it, hear it, or feel it. He will hug us when we need a hug, love us when we need love, and care for us when we need caring.


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Falling Asleep to the Sound of the Ocean

psalm 107 29

Psalm 107:29

He calmed the storm, and the waves  grew silent.

 

Ever since I was a baby, the stories told was that when I could not fall asleep, I could be walked along the ocean shore and I would immediately close my eyes and go to sleep. I have always had a love for the Ocean. I love the way it looks, I love the sound of the waves, and I get a relaxed feeling.

The Ocean’s beauty on a sunny day is breathtaking, amazing, and without comparison. I can stare at the distance and see it blend with the beautiful blue sky. I love seeing the fishing boats on the distance, and the surfers, boogie boarders, and people just being themselves. Some swim while others just sunbathe.

Whenever I plan a day on the beach, I look forward to the sound of the waves. Swiiissshhh, Swoooossshh, Woooosshhh, all are unique sounds that do not have a word to describe them. I hear a beautiful melody with every wave that forms, travels, and breaks on the shore.

There is such a relaxing feeling when I hear the waves. I put a blanket on the sand, lay on it, and before I know it, I am asleep. I does not matter how much other noise there is. I feel a hypnotic calmness that supersedes all the surrounding life happening at the moment.

There is a place in my heart for the Ocean. Maybe there are memories of my youth instilled in my heart. Either way, to this day, I can fall asleep every time I go to see the Ocean.

In the same token, that is how my life feels by trusting God. Knowing that he is by my side, I can fall asleep at night without any preoccupations. I have full trust in him. He is in control, not me. Why bother worrying? There is no need.

While the sound of the Ocean has a calming effect, so does the Word of God. It is in front of me to provide comfort. It gives me all I need. The Bible is a comprehensive book that includes all I need to make my day go well.

 


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I Will Prepare a Place for You

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Ephesians 4:10

He , the very one who descended, is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things.

When Jesus rose into Heaven, he went ahead of us in order to prepare a place for us to dwell with him. He wants to receive us with everything ready on our arrival. Just as we prepare for guests, so is he doing the same.

He wants to welcome us with open arms into the banquet of salvation. He wants each of us to be a guest, with Him as our host. He wants to ensure that each of us has a proper setting at his table. How awesome is that? Jesus wants us to feel at home when we are with him. He wants us to be comfortable.

I can’t imagine what it will be like, but I am surely looking forward to being with Him.

Long ago, I used to be afraid of death, but not anymore. The closer I get to Him, the less worried I am about it. I know that on that day, when my breath expires, he will receive my spirit until the day he calls us to his table. My body will be laid to rest, but only for a short time. For on that day of resurrection, he will wake me up and lift me into Heaven above, so I can partake of the joyous celebration.

I believe in the resurrection of the saints, the reunion of God’s people, a day without precedent, where all shall arrive. Who will arrive? All who believed that Jesus died on the cross, was buried, resurrected, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father, which is the simple plan of salvation.

For that to happen, we must believe in the simple plan of salvation. We must believe in our hearts that we are saved. We must believe in our hearts that we are children of God.

If you are a believer, then I can’t wait to the day we see each other in Heaven. For in this Earth we may never meet, but in Heaven we shall share our new lives.

 

Prayer for the Day

Father, I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, was buried, resurrected, and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father. I believe in my heart that I am saved and I am your child.

 


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Humbly Exalted

the pharisee and the tax collector

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

Luke 18

9 Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else.

10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers – or even like this tax collector.

12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’

13 The tax collector, however, stood  far off and would not even look up  to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful  to me, sinner that I am!’

14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

He Who Exalts Himself

Even though this was written so long ago, it still applies to our society today. Many go around life boasting about their status, wealth, and entitlement. They look at others as being beneath them. Yet, they engulf themselves in thoughts that they are righteous and rightfully deserving of privileged treatment. Is it so?

No, it is not. According to this parable, the ones that exalt themselves have their own reward here on earth. Once they reach Heaven, there will be no exaltation for their wealth, their boastfulness, or their pride of privilege. Instead, they will be put in their place; they will be humbled before God.

He Who Humbles Himself

In contrast, the humble man, no matter his position, or status, always recognizes his place on Earth. He remembers his love for God and his faith in Him. He recognizes that his humble reward is His salvation. For such, he carries himself with love, a humble heart, and heavenly thoughts.

He seeks no recognition in status, wealth, or pride of privilege. He carries in his heart the only recognition ever needed, the Holy Spirit. God’s grace is sufficient to him. His salvation is his one and only important possession he wishes to keep.