Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Power of Believing

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13

Remember Man of Steel? Clark Kent having to cope up with his own identity converse with her mother saying, “What’s wrong with me Mom?” She replied, ‘There is nothing wrong with you son, everything about you is beautiful.” Clark grows in confidence because someone believes in him and was able to fulfill his role.

It takes only one person to believe to make someone do the impossible. The bible is also filled with stories of men and women inspiring one another. Joseph did the impossible (protecting and raising a family in a very difficult and challenging situations), because aside from believing in God, Mary believed in him. Joseph being fully aware of Mary’s full support led them with confidence.

It just takes one look, one pat on the back, one voice of affirmation to give someone a boost of confidence. No doubt why we have so much confidence when we are with God, just one look, one pat on the back, one voice of affirmation from Him make us do all things. God believes in us! He believes in our capabilities and this gives us confidence to do all things for Him.

So when we ask it ourselves, “What’s wrong with me Lord?” He will answer from the Song of Songs 4:7, “Everything about you is beautiful, and there is nothing at all wrong with you.”  

by aats 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Better Than I

When our hope is dashed, truth, no matter how painful is the best way forward. Sometimes we are tempted to live in our illusion and assumption rather than face the truth because we fear its sword. But sooner or later, it will catch up on us whether we like it or not. So better yet face it, live with it and leave everything to God.

Nothing is permanent in this world, including pain. Do not be afraid of pain if only to realize that you can actually love that much. Remember the song, “Better then I”? When we thought that what we are doing is right, we ended up asking God how to help us, only to realize God knows better than us. This is part of getting through.

Let the lyrics of the song inspires you to move ahead with the knowledge that it will be alright.

Better Than I
Joy Williams

I thought I did what's right
I thought I had the answer
I thought I chose the surest road
But that road led me here
So I put up a fight
And told You how to help me
And just when I had given up
The truth is coming clear

[Chorus]
For You know better than I
You know the way
I've let go, the need to know why
Cause You know better than I

If this has been a test
I cannot see the reason
But maybe knowin', I don't know
Is part of gettin through
I try to do what's best
And faith has made it easy
To see the best thing I can do
Is put my faith in You

[Chorus]

I saw one cloud and thought it was the sky
I saw a bird and thought that I could follow
But it was You who taught them how to fly
If I let you reach me, will You teach me

For You know better than I
You know the way
I've let go, the need to know why
I'll take what answer You supply
Cause You know better than I

Lord, I may not fully understand why but grant me the grace of peace knowing You know better than I. Amen.

by aats 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Else is There?

Kung perfect ka na, andyan na lahat, ano pa ang mamahalin ko sayo? Kaya nga sa imperfections nasusukat ang pagmamahal. Kapag kaya mo siyang tiisin kahit ayaw mo ang isang bagay tungkol sa kanya, ayun, pag-ibig! (If you’re perfect already, everything is in you, what else is there for me to love? That’s why it is in imperfections that love can be measured. If you can endure even if you don’t like something about the other, there, it’s love!)

Pag-ibig - ang totoong kahulugan - buong buo kitang aakapin kasama hindi lang kung ano ang magaling ka, kundi pati yung hindi ka magaling. (Love – real meaning – I will embrace you wholly, not just on what you are good at but even those you are not.)

Kung lahat ay andyan na, alam na lahat, ano pa ang tutuklasin? (If everything is there and everything is known, what else is there to discover?) Mystery makes love beautiful. We don’t have to know everything. That is why Gods love is beautiful because we don’t know God fully, He is a mystery and that makes relationship exciting! That is why it is said, what makes it exciting with someone is when you have something new to discover everyday.

Kung naiintindhan na ang lahat, ano pa ang uunawain ko? Saan pa ako makikilig? Kapag hindi mo na maintindihan pero mahal mo parin siya, yun yun! (If everything is understandable what else is there to be understood? Where else can I be excited? If you cannot understand anymore and yet you still love the other, then that’s it!)

Kaya totoo ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, kasi minahal niya tayo buong buo, kasama ang ating kakulangan. Sabi siguro ni God, “Kaya nga ako kinikilig sayo, kasi hindi kita minsan maintindihan. Minahal na kita ng husto tapos lilingon ka pa rin sa iba. Pero yun yung nagpapakilig sa akin, kasi nasusubok ang pagmamahal ko. Hindi ako bibitaw, hindi kita bibitawan, kasi mahal kita ka, kung sino ka hindi kung sino ka maging. Lilingonin mo man ako o hindi, alam ko babalik ka rin. At kung wala man yan sa isip mo ngayon, kapag darating ang panahong gusto mo na ako, may babalikan ka. Hihintayin kita, hindi ako mapapagod, buo ang pagmamahal ko sayo. Ikaw lang.” (That is why Gods love is so real because He loves us wholly including our imperfections. God maybe saying, “That’s why I get excited of you, because I don’t understand you sometimes. I have loved you fully, and yet you still look for someone else. But that’s what makes me excited, because my love is being tested. I will not let go; I will never let go of you because I love you as you are, not what you can become. You may look back at me or not, I know you will come back to me. And if it’s not yet in your mind right now, when time comes that you want me already, you have someone to go back to. I will wait for you, I will not get tired, I love you wholly and fully. You alone.)

by aats

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Resurrection

Happy Easter! Today we put an end to all questions. Everything is answered. He is God and He is risen! All He said is true. There is reason to hope because He kept His words.

Hope can be grasp because of resurrection. Without resurrection there is no hope.

He is risen, what now and what next? We live with confidence in the truth that someone cares and love even unto death. Can we do the same?

by aats

Saturday, April 15, 2017

In Limbo

Good Friday is done; He had offered himself already on the cross. What’s next? Black Saturday, I always associate this day as a day of anticipation. Is it going to happen? Is He going to resurrect? Hope had been dashed somehow on Friday and yet the disciples remember the promise. They cling to it because they believe.

We have so many hopes and dreams and some of it crushed so badly we could barely stand up again. Are we on a Black Saturday? Is our life in this sort of limbo? Broken and dream just died and yet at the same time clinging on to a glimmer of hope? Is there reason to hang on? What’s next? Is it going to happen? Questions arise only to be answered with more questions. “Do this in remembrance of me.” These words echoes a promise that everything He said, He would do.

There is enough reason to hope. “A little while my child, and I will make all things new.”

Jesus, we hope in you. Amen.

by aats