Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.

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Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God. What is God’s goal in adversity? His basic objective is to draw us closer to Himself. He does not glory in pain or sorrow, but He uses these things to teach us about His love and faithfulness. The moment adversity comes our vulnerability increases, and we may find ourselves wondering why God has allowed us to face such difficulty. Pain, disappointment, and trial are effective tools He uses to drive us to Himself and to the cross where we discover our personal need for a Savior. We’re struck with a defining thought: I need God. We need His strength, wisdom, and forgiveness. Whenever you’re confronted by adversity, always remember God has a purpose for allowing it to touch your life. He’s never out of control. He has a plan and a goal, not just for this situation alone, but also for your entire life. In times of difficulty, He is your immovable strength (Prov. 18:10), and He has promised never to abandon you. When adversity strikes, one of the first things we should do is turn to the Lord and ask Him to show us what we need to learn in the situation. We may initially battle feelings of disbelief or denial, but the overriding thought needs to be one of trust and faith in God’s ability.

The second step is to affirm our commitment to Him and set our focus on Him—not our circumstances. Never forget that God knows the future! He understands the advantage of adversity and how it can be used to strengthen your faith, refine your hope, and settle your heart into a place of contentment and trust. Without times of adversity, you would miss the powerful experience of God walking with you through the valley times of life.

Therefore, determine to keep the focus of your heart on Jesus. Don’t let the negative talk of others tempt you to get off course. Stay close to the Lord in devotion and prayer. Read His Word. He will guide you through the greatest difficulty, and then you will know what it means to live in a broad place of blessing.

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IT. TAKES. TIME.

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Today, we’re obsessed with speed, but God is more interested in strength and stability than swiftness. We want the quick fix, the shortcut, the on-the-spot solution. We want a sermon, a seminar, or an experience that will instantly resolve all problems, remove all temptations, and release us from all growing pains. But real maturity is never the result of a single experience, no matter how powerful or moving. Growth is gradual.

2 Corinthians 3:18b MSG
“Our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him”

#ittakestime

The Kindest Souls Have Suffered The Darkest Pasts

“Being bitter is easy, being negative is easy, giving up is easy. Standing tall and remaining kind despite all the adversity in life requires strength. The choice is ours when it comes to surviving or letting a test defeat us.”

Discovering Your Happiness

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Hello loves, ❤

For the kind-hearted, every day in our life is a new lesson learned.

We have come to the realization that not all people have an equal life – some are happy, while others suffer a lot more. We are all tested in life, someway, somehow. We will always face a test that determines our next experience and who we are.

Have you ever noticed that the person who smiles the most is the saddest? The people who are nursing broken hearts, they’re the ones who are the kindest people you will meet. Kind people detest seeing others hurt because they know what it’s like to be unloved, to be sad, to be broken and to be alone. They are the ones who do what they can so no one else feels the same pain they feel every day.

When you’ve lived a painful life, you find joy in being…

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I Am Strong, But My Soul Is Exhausted

“They see me as competent and able, but my soul is exhausted —while they see me sure-footed and steady—inside I am breaking.”

Discovering Your Happiness

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Hello loves, ❤

Exhausted isn’t just enough to describe the state I am going through right now. I am exhausted yes, this tiredness is beyond physiological tiredness. It’s psychological, it’s emotional. I am tired of being strong. I am tired of trying to put on that smile on my face every day of a strong woman and be the Super Woman for anyone and everyone.

Suddenly I sit here, tight in the chest, feeling lost and unsure where to look for direction. I spent too long denying my own feelings and now I feel like I am the one who is unravelling.

I have written many articles about the Alpha woman: The strong, independent, self-sufficient woman. It sounds nice, doesn’t it? 

I never particularly set out to be this kind of woman, but life made me face my worst nightmares, I had to learn to become strong because no one was…

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Life Is Full Of Endless Possibilities

“In the world we live in, it’s so easy to get dragged down by all the negativity and darkness hanging over us like an ominous cloud. But it’s important to look at the situation with deeper scrutiny. Even in the midst of all the stress, worry, and negativity, people all around us are pulling themselves up, opening their minds to new ideas and possibilities, taking advantage of the opportunities that are out there, and doing amazing things.”

Discovering Your Happiness

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Hello loves, ❤

Are you a glass half-empty person? Do you struggle to look on the bright side of life? What’s stopping you from living the life you dream about?

The answer is simple, YOU!

When you need to do something for yourself, YOU are the only one who knows what you need in your life. It sounds simple, but it can be incredibly difficult to identify what it is you need, and then find it for yourself.

We are the authors of our lives and the content that is written in our life book is determined by our actions, our lives are a collection of unwritten stories.

Life is full of possibilities. But often, our struggles make it hard for us to see the prize ahead. Due to circumstances we usually can’t control, we give up on our dreams or simply ride along the waves. We think that just because we…

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This Is Why Your Life Isn’t Moving Forward

“The test that tells you what you’re really committed to is what you’re willing to work on changing every single day. If you aren’t willing to do that, you’re in love with the idea of change, and you’re not yet fed up, burnt out, exhausted and frustrated enough to actually do the real work.”

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Hello loves, ❤

The thing about change is that it doesn’t happen in grand gestures. It’s like your world is shifting on its own axis again: you don’t feel it while it’s happening, but suddenly, the sun rises again and you realize you were moving all along. Real change is not immediately gratifying. It will not feel good right away.

In fact, for a while, it will feel like you’re working harder than ever, and yet standing right in the same place.

We often don’t realize we’re in a period of transformation until we’re through it. Some people say that as soon as you have an epiphany about something, you’ve learned the lesson. You’re through with the course. It only seems like it’s the first time you’ve realized this, but actually, you’ve done all the work it takes to finally have that wisdom.

At first, the most important changes in…

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Art of Confession: Para sa mga naiwan at nang-iwan

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Mag-iisang taon na din pala simula nung nagkalabuan kami.
Simula nung may pumasok na ibang party.
Oo, mag iisang taon na. Pero ito pa din ako nakalutang sa ere.
Umaasa at nagbabakasakali.

Nagbabakasakali na magtext sya ulit.
Nag aantay na baka mag chat sya ulit.
Umaasa na mangangamusta, at magyayaya ng “Tara! Kape tayo.”

Alam nya kasi na mahilig ako sa Kape.
Alam nya lahat ng gusto at ayaw ko.
Pero nakakatawa lang na makalipas ang 3 taon, lahat ng yun nagbago.
PAANO? Paano nga ba nagsimula ang lahat?

Teka! Simulan natin sa umpisa. Isang araw nung buwan ng Oktubre May training kami nun. Nakakatawa lang kasi pinakilala sya nung isa sa pinaka kinakaasaran ko. Take note, magkapareho pa sila ng pangalan. Ang taray pa nya before. Mas mataray pa sya sakin. Pero ayun na nga, hanggang sa nasundan ang mga training na inaattend-an. Hanggang sa nagkakilala ng husto. Hanggang sa nagkakasama na kahit walang training. Sumasakay sya sa lahat ng trip ko. Hanggang sa nagkaroon na ng pagkakataon na magkaaminan.

Umamin sya. Umamin ako. Pero alam ko na hindi pa pwede. Kaya naman pigil na pigil ako. Kinikilig ako sa mga efforts nya, pero hindi ko pinapahalata sa kanya. Oo sinasabi ko na naappreciate ko sya pero hanggang maaari ayoko ipakita sa kanya na Gusto ko lahat ng ginagawa nya.

Nilalayo ko minsan yung sarili ko. Minsan gumagawa ako ng paraan para mainis, o magalit sya sakin. Natatakot kasi ako na dumating yung araw na attach na attach na ako tapos iiwanan nya ako.  Masyado pa kasing maaga nung mga panahon na nagugustuhan na namin ang isa’t-isa.

Ngunit ganun pa man, tuloy pa din ang samahan. Unti-unti, ayoko ng lumayo sa kanya. Pero nandun pa din yung takot ko. Ang dami kong “baka” o di kaya naman ay “bakit” Kaya naman nanumpa kami sa isa’t-isa. Pagkatapos grumaduate, magtrabaho muna at baka sa panahong iyun ay pwede na. Baka Pwede na maging Kami.

Lumipas ang panahon at mga pagkakataon, patuloy pa din kaming magkasama. Masyado marami at mahaba kung iisa-isahin ko pa. Saksi ang laptop ko sa mga retrato at alaala na naipon. Oo, bawat isa tinatabi ko. Kasi gusto ko pagdating ng araw, ipapakita ko ulit sa kanya na bawat sulat, regalo, retrato ay pinapahalagahan ko gaya ng pagpapahalaga ko sa kanya.

Nalalapit na yung araw ng Graduation namin, ngunit lumalawak na din ang kanyang samahan. Hanggang sa may isa syang nakilala. Nakakasama din nya, kasi magkadepartment sila sa Ministry. TIWALA. Oo may tiwala ako sa kanya. Minsan nagdududa na ako pero pinaglaban ko pa din sya sa sarili ko. Kasi nga sabi nila ang Nagmamahal ay Nagtitiwala at Naniniwala. Kaya tuloy lang. Kahit na may iba na sa conversation nila sa Messenger, patuloy pa din akong nagtitiwala sa kanya. Umaasa na baka iba sya sa mga nauna.

Natapos ang Graduation namin, akala ko pwede na naming simulan ang napagkasunduan. Ngunit, nag iba ang sabi ng tadhana. Tila lumalamig na ang lahat. Pero ito pa din ako at patuloy na nagtitiwala. Dumating yung panahon na Nawala yung Tatay ko. Hindi ko ineexpect, pero ayun kasama nya yung leader ko. Umiiwas ako. Kasi ayoko na maattach ako sa kanya ng panahon na yun. Im at my lowest point and ayoko naman na ibaby nya ako. Pero sa totoo lang, gusto ko sabihin sa kanya na “Dito ka lang. Wag ka ng umalis.” o di kaya naman ay “Dito ka lang, paakap lang ako”. Isa lang ang nasa isip ko. SANA WAG MUNA SYANG UMUWI. Habang lumalalim ang gabi, nandun pa din sya at nananatili. Nakilala nya ang buong angkan ko. Pati mga Tropa ko. Nung panahon na yun, sobrang saya ko. Pero naalala ko na Wala pa rin palang KAMI. Gusto ko na sana syang ipakilala na “Ma, Ate, Kuya, Boyfriend ko” Kaya lang wala pa pala. Kaya ayun, sabi nga nila, GO WITH THE FLOW LANG AKO.

Hanggang sa lumipas ang isang buwan, Birthday ko naman ang kanyang pinaghandaan. Di ko ineexpect. Pero ayun, sobrang saya ko. Kahit Late na yung Gift nya ang importante nakasama ko pa din sya. Umaasa ako. SYA NA TALAGA sabi ko pa sa isip ko. Pero lahat ng yun ay nagbago. Lumipas ang ilang araw, natuluyan na nga na magkalabuan kami. Iniintindi ko kung busy sya. Lahat na siguro ng suporta at pang unawa naibigay ko na sa kanya. Pero ayun, kaya pala lumabo kasi lumamig na. May pinag iinitan ng iba. That time, gusto ko pa sana syang ipaglaban sa sarili ko. PERO dumating na din ako sa punto na kung saan, nakakapagod din pala.

Im running after someone who’s running apart from me. Nakakapagod. Pero ayun sabi nga nila, Pahinga lang kapag napagod. Pero KAILANGAN na kasi mukha na rin akong tanga. So sabi ko usap kami. Nagkita kami sa Cubao. Dun kami nag usap. So ayun, nabigyan na ng linaw lahat ng katanungan sa isip ko. After nun, wala na rin kami masyadong pinag uusapan. Hanggang dumating na din yung panahon na hindi na nya tinanggi at inamin na nya na MAY GUSTO NA SYANG IBA.

Tang*na, ilang depensa ginawa ko para lang kumbinsihin yung sarili ko na baka tropa lang talaga sila. Kahit na may iba na, pinipili ko pa din na magtiwala.
GUSTO KO SANA SABIHIN YAN PERO PARA SAN PA. AYOKO NA DIN NAMANG IPAKITA SA KANYA NA GUSTO KO PA. NA KAYA PANG AYUSIN TO. PERO WALA NA.

SO YES! Tinapos ko kasi KAILANGAN NA di dahil GUSTO ko ng tapusin. So ayun, “HELLO TOTGA” AND ITO AKO NGAYON, ILANG ALAK NA ANG NAUBOS, NAGBABAKASAKALI NA MAWAWALA NA NG TULUYAN YUNG SAKIT NA NARARAMDAMAN. PERO ITO PA DIN AKO NASASAKTAN SA MGA UPDATE NYA SA TWITTER. MINSAN KAHIT ALAM KONG MASASAKTAN AKO ULIT PUPUSH KO PA DIN TIGNAN NAGBABAKASAKALI NA SA PAGTINGIN KO MULI EH WALA NA YUNG SAKIT NA NARARAMDAMAN. TRYING HARD NA BURAHIN LAHAT NG RETRARO, AT ALAALA. ANONG PETSA NA PERO ATLEAST UMUUSAD KAHIT PAPANO.

AYUN NGAYON, NANDUN SYA. KASAMA YUNG BABAE NYA. MUKHA NAMANG MASAYA. PERO ITO PA DIN AKO, UMAASA. NASA PAGITAN PA DIN AKO NG SALITANG “PAALAM” AT “BAKA BUMALIK PA SYA” WALA EH. NAGMAHAL EH. SO DAPAT HANDA RIN MASAKTAN.

KAYA PARA SA MGA MAGMAMAHAL, AT NAGMAMAHAL, yakapin nyo ng buong buo yung taong Mahal nyo. Mahalin mo sya sa kung sino sya, ipaglaban mo. Ipakita mo sa kanya araw araw na mahal mo sya. Para sa huli hindi ka magsisisi na hindi mo naibigay lahat. LABAN MO LANG. KASI ANG TUNAY NA NAGMAMAHAL HINDI LANG SAPAT ANG NANINIWALA AT NAGTITIWALA. DAPAT LUMALABAN RIN. AIM FOR THE RING WAG LANG PURO FLING.

PARA SA MGA NAIWAN GAYA KO, AYUSIN NYO SARILI NYO. MAHALIN NYO SARILI NYO. MAGLAAN KA NG ORAS PARA SA PAMILYA MO. DAHIL SA ORAS NA MINAHAL MO SARILI MO AT PAMILYA MO,  DUN MO PALANG MAKIKITA ANG TUNAY NA DEPINISYON NG PAGMAMAHAL. YOU CANNOT GIVE WHAT YOU DO NOT HAVE. KUNG WALA KANG PAGMAMAHAL SA SARILI MO AT SA PAMILYA MO, ANONG IBIBIGAY MO?

PARA SA MGA NANG-IWAN, INGAT INGAT SA PANG IIWAN NYO. DI NYO MASASABI KUNG KELAN DADATING YUNG PARA TALAGA SA INYO. AT BAKA MAMAYA AY DI NYO NA MABAWI KAPAG PINAKAWALAN NYO.