Day 02: Quote I Live By | 30-Day Blog Challenge

Day 2 - Quote

We all have a quote we live by but mine is not necessarily a quote but a Bible verse. I grew up in a Christian home and my parents have influenced me to always read the Bible, have my daily personal devotional, and always put God as the center of everything.

In everything that I do, be it a simple or a complex situation, I have always set my mind and heart with my life verse:

Day 2 Verse

This verse has always been an uplifting reminder to me that God is the only One that makes things possible as He leads, guides, and directs me to the right path. He is the one that supplies me with strength to endure whatever circumstances and trials that come my way.

I first encountered this Bible verse as a memory verse in Sunday school but I never really understood its context heartily until our church’s Youth Camp in 2011 which has this exact Bible verse as its theme. In that camp I have learned that Apostle Paul is saying in verse Phil. 4:12 (KJV), “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”, that we shall know how it is to be in need and how it is to have plenty – we shall know how to be contented in any situation – whether we are in need or in abundance.

It is a realization that when we do not get our desires or goals, we must not allow these circumstances or disappointments to cause us to turn away from God or to lose faith in Him. Most often, these are the times when our faith is tested and revealed. The whole point of this verse is that being contented can be felt and revealed in situations after we have learned to let things have its way (according to God’s will) when things don’t always go our way (personal desires).

Whatever life throws at us, just learning how to be content in everything is what helps us through our journey in life while we are going through it and that in Christ, we can do all things. Wherever I or you may be at in your journey through life, always walk with the Lord. Never doubt that we are already victorious through Jesus Christ just as how the hymn goes, “He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign.”

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Carpe diem,
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I Will Hope In God

A shared post by Lasserre Bradley, Jr. from Baptist Bible Hour

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In the midst of his troubles the psalmist speaks to himself and says, “Hope thou in God” (Psalm 42:5).

The troubles he describes were great. He speaks of weeping day and night, he fears he is forgotten by God, and his enemies reproach him till he feels as though he has been pierced with a sword. In our terminology today we would say he was depressed.

Depression

Depression takes on many forms and can come from a variety of causes. Most of us feel depressed at times, while others struggle with it for years. In verse seven of Psalm 42 the writer says, “All thy billows are gone over me.” He doesn’t identify the troubles but obviously feels overwhelmed by them as they come one after the other like the waves of the ocean. We get the picture of one who has been swept off his feet; he is struggling, and wonders how much more he can take.

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Life is full of difficulties and disappointments.

There can be financial problems, marital conflicts, the stress and grief that comes when a child goes down the wrong path. It’s not uncommon today for young people to express great frustration because they want to be married and have been unable to find an acceptable spouse. Really there is no end to the list of things that can contribute to discouragement and depression.

James Boyce summarizes Martyn-Lloyd Jones’ book Spiritual Depression, and the factors that can contribute to depression:

“Temperament (some people are just more inclined to depression than others), physical conditions (we can be affected by adverse physical health), a down reaction after a great blessing (an example is Elijah after his great victory over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel), the attacks of Satan (one of his strategies is to get us to take our eyes off God), and simple unbelief (probably the most significant cause of all).”

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Getting Back on Track

Okay… I felt kinda embarrassed with myself as I opened WordPress again (after 2 months). I know I have committed to write more often but turns out, I haven’t. And so here I am trying my best to update.

What was up? I THINK I am probably the busiest, if not, laziest person I have been the past few months. Busiest – because I have too much stuff going on with my work (as I am still adjusting and in transition) and school which I have too many requirements and paper work to deal with. Laziest – because honestly, whenever I come home from work, I hurriedly prepare myself for bed and neglect any pending things I need to do. I JUST WANT TO SLEEP RIGHT AWAY. I know it’s not a good thing. I am pretty well aware of that. I procrastinate a lot and I admit I somehow have lost my time management skills and it is totally not helping me. I even forget (intentionally, most of the time) to do household chores.

This week, it may be weird for you, I looked at the mirror and told myself, “When are you going to wake up, girl? It’s you, you alone can get yourself back on track. This is not your usual self. Go and find yourself  again.”

It was amazing how God works because while I was looking at the mirror, I was actually kneeling down – which reminds me that I am in the right position to start everything anew again. The first step was so clear to me… and that is to pray. Oh how great God is! After I prayed, I received a message from my mom on Messenger. She was sharing how her day went. Our daily random chat consists of anything we can talk about. But that day was different as she suddenly shared to me something about being an inspiration to others – on a daily basis or if not, even in the smallest things we do. She continued, reminding me how important it is to glorify God in all that I do because everything that we do for God’s glory could inspire others.

I admit my heart melted at the moment. That was what I totally needed. I remembered a bible verse saying exactly that. As I grabbed my bible to check it out, an old bookmark fell. It was a bookmark given by our team leader during our church’s Triple “S” Baptist Youth Camp in 2011. And oh how God spoke to me that day! The bookmark says:

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

That day, I have decided to get myself back on track and do everything for God’s glory… and to avoid complaining just because of restlessness and keep in mind that complaining will not do me any good and it will not glorify Him.

So far, I have managed to cope with the stress life brings and just be optimistic about anything that’s happening around me. Being spiritually-guided helped me get back on track.

I am eternally grateful for God’s presence in my life – be it through my family or in the smallest occurrences that happen in my daily life.

I am inspired again… because God is my eternal inspiration and I should hold on to His promises for with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Carpe diem,
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