It is so true that in the pursuit of pleasure, we chose to do so many things that damaged and hurt us. We chose to compromise that in the end, turned those temporary pleasures into deep wounds that are so painful to heal and leave us scars.
If you are in this situation, don’t lose hope. What’s amazing about God is He can turn those scars into something beautiful. The consequences maybe painful but God will carry you through if you stop and turn to Him. Turning to God and pursuing Him instead will give you a brand new start. It is never too late.
If you are in the verge of compromising, STOP! If you seek pleasure, seek God. He alone can give you pleasure and joy that will last. He alone can satisfy you. There are no regrets when you choose to obey and wait on God.
“For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” Psalm 107:9
How many times have you made the same mistake over and over? What do you think is the reason why you keep repeating it? I have those cycles as well in my life and I’m not proud of it. Sometimes, I just thought that I will be able to handle the situation and I won’t fall into the pit anymore. I feel like I’m invincible. But, I was dead wrong.
These are the times when I depend on myself more than fully depending on God. I fail to submit to Him and instead do things my own way even if I already failed the first time. I realize it takes humility to be able to let go and let God take control of the situation. And, it is only through God’s goodness and grace that we are able to humble ourselves as well.
Are you willing to let go and let God redeem you from your past failures?
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11
It’s the last month of the year. My favorite time of the year – lights, caroling, decorations are just everywhere. Anywhere you look seems so happy and vibrant. I just can’t help but smile and feel good. Also, this month is much looked forward to as well. I missed spending two Christmases with my family. I’m just excited to go home.
I can’t imagine how the months this year had swiftly passed by. My memories of last Christmas are still very fresh in my thoughts. And as I look back what had happened in the past months, I can’t help but be amazed.
My first 3 months of this year were a bit heartbreaking for me. My heart was really torn. I was excited coming home here in Manila but at the same time I didn’t want to leave Canada. I wished I can just travel back and forth anytime I want. When I arrived here, a lot has changed big time. And I felt like I’m a stranger even in my own apartment. It took me awhile to be able to adjust again.
And then a lot of things happened in between the year which I never expected. I was even telling God that if ever I would be asked to go back to Canada, I might say no. 🙂 I’ve met new and old friends. I’ve built new relationships. I’ve grown in my walk by being part of a ministry. I’ve been serving God to the extent that I never had done before. I saw the bigger picture which I never imagined when I went through a tough time in Canada. When I had so many questions last year, God answered all of them this year. And everything perfectly made sense to me.
What am I trying to say? God does not allow things to happen in our life without a reason. God is not a happy go lucky. He always have the best plan for all of us. We may not know it for now, it may take a while for us to know. But for sure one day, He will make you understand why. A little faith on a BIG GOD is enough to just trust and wait.
How about you? How was your 2012? 🙂
All I can say, to God be all the glory for everything that had happened this year in my life. This year has been a very overwhelming journey with the Lord.