Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me. She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over. “Come on! Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation! Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!
Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 8:11PM
I started making a Gratitude list. .got it from Roanna Ruiz of Jam88.3 while on my way to work. She said that according to a study, keeping a ‘thank you’ list makes people happier and more successful…in a Christian’s point of view, it helps us to not forget the great Giver, especially when we are so overwhelmed with so much blessings; it also teaches us to always appreciate the Giver more than the gift. And with this, we can learn to be content as we learn to always look at what we have, and not at what we do not have. Count your blessings.
Psalm 103:2 (ESV) – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
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Hi! As a worship leader, I’ll share something about lining up songs for a Sunday worship service,particularly how many songs would be appropriate for a corporate worship? Now this may not be true or applicable to some, but I’d also like you to think of this. Last Sunday there is this lady who approached me after our worship service,she’s a visitor. Then she said, “You know what, in our church we sing 6 songs for Praise&Worship” and I was like “6 songs?!” Then she said “Yes, 3 Praise songs before the message and 3 worship songs after it, some sort of a response” Then she went on saying “I guess you should try it too” Now in our church, we just sing 2 to 3 songs (1 Praise and 1 or 2 worship) But a couple of years ago, we used to do the same “worship festival” format, sandwiching the preacher’s message, which obviously made the service longer than it ought to be. We later realized that there’s something wrong w/ that. Alright, Praise&Worship is also important as the message but in a way, it should not sugarcoat or lessen the weight of the message by singing more songs and creating emotional stirs at the end. If we put it in a wedding ceremony, Praise & Worship is just the entourage, and the Lord’s message is the ceremony itself. It’s like that. What Praise&Worship does is to prepare the congregation to hear the Lord’s message, then leave the message as it is to them for them ponder on, when they go home, something to reflect on, and not wipe it out by instilling in their last memory the songs that you sang after the message.
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“Waiting in God’s time is the sweetest agony there is.” – LLPD
People, most likely, are skeptical to the idea of “waiting”. Who likes to wait anyway? If we want something, we tend to find ways on how to get it the fastest way possible or the soonest possible time. But sadly, more often, it would just take us longer if we stick to our stubborn crappy ways, following our own timeline. There are even some times when we don’t get it at all or even get an inch closer to it.
The thing is, we can’t force things to happen because – we don’t hold our lives; God does. We don’t control the time; God does. We don’t know everything; God does.
Therefore, waiting should not be a painful task at all. Yes, there is agony in waiting and in enduring the idea that we don’t know the end result but the biggest comfort is that there is Someone far greater than us who already knew what will happen in our lives (every single detail of it), from the very beginning. Isn’t that just amazing? Sadly, many people, yes even Christians, miss this thing because of being too worried, thinking “God, you’re running late, come on…what’s next?!”
So whether you’re applying for a job, or say you’re in the process of starting your own business, or (let’s not go farther) waiting for that special lover, remember that “waiting in God’s time is the sweetest agony there is.” Remember the line in a song “He makes all things beautiful in His time.” And I suppose everyone wants a “beautiful” ending.
Let me leave you with these verses and quotes, I hope they inspire you:
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:30-31
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12:7
Those who do not hope cannot wait; but if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. – Charles Spurgeon
Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. – John Ortberg
Soli Deo Gloria!
JESUS: Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME. – John 14:1-4&6
Lord, thank You for making Yourself known to us through Jesus Christ. And thank You for the assurance that You have prepared a place for us and will come back for us. This is more than enough to feel safe and secure in Your hands. You hold our future. There is no greater comfort in life and in death than this.
Here’s what I’ve learned from my last night devotion in John 11:1-44
God is always in full control. If He wants to do something, He will do it in His own way, in His perfect time, and ultimately for His glory.
In some certain situations in our lives, we tend to be like Mary&Martha telling God, “Lord if only you have been here (or if only you did this or that) this wouldn’t have happened (referring to Lazarus’ death)”…as if telling Him that He’s delayed or His plans failed. But we should bear in mind that the end result of everything is God’s glory. In verse 4 Jesus said,”The final result of this sickness will not be the death of Lazarus; THIS HAS HAPPENED IN ORDER TO BRING GLORY TO GOD, and it will be the means by which the Son of God will receive glory.” And the whole event did bring glory to God when Jesus raised Lazarus from death, proving Himself to be the Son of God, the resurrection and the life.
Let us pray that God will give us a heart that focuses on His glory; a heart that sees a heavenly perspective on the situations happening in our lives; and a heart that always seeks to exalt the ultimate Source of life.
I’d like to share with you the things I’ve learned from Sunday worship service and from our bible study.
Sermon-Trust Christ always.He is more than enough to sustain us through our most difficult times. (John 5:17-20)
Girls’ Bible Study-Submit to God; Resist the devil. Live by the Spirit (James 4:7)
(On confession, 1John 1:9 & Psalm 32:5) do not conceal anything, be willing to confess. When we sin, it does not change the fact that God loves us but it does cause a break in our fellowship with Him. Confession restores that fellowship.
“Live by the Spirit & you will not gratify the desires of your sinful nature.” – Galatians 5:16
Beware of what you feed yourself (your eyes, your mind, your heart, your spirit). The world will show you things that are temporal, not having eternal value. It will convince you that you need those things for happiness well in fact, the ultimate happiness and comfort in life can only be found in Jesus (no one, nothing else).
Daily Bible reading is as important to a Christian’s spirit and soul as eating food for physical body. Through God’s word, we are directed to follow His ways and His plans for us. Can you remember the last time you spent time with God and felt assured of what He told you? of what He wanted you to do? And it seemed that the paths He laid on your journey became so vivid a film before your eyes that you so want to jump right in and follow where it leads you? The feeling is indescribable, and as much as possible, you don’t want to let go of that feeling once you go back to the real encounter with the world and with the people around you. But, it’s here: the world is here. The voices of the people are as loud as resounding gongs and they will never cease on whispering and shouting at you till you give them an ear. But resist it. Pray for God’s wisdom and discernment for you to know who to listen to. surely He also uses god-fearing people to give you pieces of advice.