Being Grateful Despite Challenges.

In the past days, weeks and month, what are you grateful for?

There are times when we feel like we cannot be grateful about anything in our lives. Not happy with the job or company, don’t like the colleagues, the boss does not treat you right, or losing a job or bored and not happy with your life or feeling burned out can contribute to one’s negative attitude. Experiencing financial loses can hurt deeply. Enduring physical or mental health challenges can drive us to feel hopeless. Missing your family or loved one because you feel like you’re alone, or feeling guilty because you’re not a help of your family and you will start asking yourself why are these things happening to me, why me? And now you want to be alone wallowing in self-pity. Sad to say that such thinking and feeling does makes us miserable. Yes indeed and trust me I’ve been there.

Life unexpected difficulties can make us forget that there is much for which to be thankful and grateful. It makes us forget that sometimes God’s blessings are not in what he gives, but in what He takes way because He knows best and we just have to trust Him.

We often heard people say “Sometime it’s okay not to be okay.” Yes indeed it is okay. It’s okay if you want to cry, to be angry, and to feel negative emotions. It’s normal, because having emotions and feelings makes you human. But after embracing your emotion why don’t you empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart and mind be at peace. Make time to reflect and nourish your soul.

As I’ve discovered and realized during these pandemic and lock-down. I start asking myself, despite of what is happening right now what am I grateful for? I jot down some thoughts…

  • A roof over my head and warm home.
  • Family, friends and flat mates, colleagues, bosses and the company.
  • Good health .
  • The kindness of people.
  • Enjoying the little and simple things of my life that God has made.

The last part hit me hard because I realized there are so much things in life that’s need to be appreciated. Like every day when you wake up is already a blessings. Like I always say “di bale nang walang tulog basta maraming gising”. Every day is a new day and you will start again with your life. Every day is a new chapter and a new story of your life. You will wake up the next day and you will see your family, siblings or roommates. You will see the sunrise/sunlight. You can smell, you can feel the air. Or you face the mirror and you will see how you looks or how God created you. J All little things can make you smile. Amazing isn’t it?

So when you feel alone or sad try to make that a time to reflect on yourself and think of it more in a positive way, in God’s way. Then that loneliness can become happier.

Let me share with you some of my favorite verses whenever I feel down.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6

“And if God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8

 "I consider myself that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

If you feel down and alone please talk to HIM (Our Lord Jesus Christ) because He is the only one who can answer and solve everything.

Hope this this helps. Thanks for reading. 🙂

May God bless us All.

Jenny G

Let your Heart Beat Again

You’re shattered

Like you’ve never been before

The life you knew

In a thousand pieces on the floor

And words fall short in times like these

When this world drives you to your knees

You think you’re never gonna get back

To the you that used to be

Beginning

Just let that word wash over you

It’s alright now

Love’s healing hands have pulled you through

So get back up, take step one

Leave the darkness, feel the sun

Cause your story’s far from over

And your journey’s just begun

Let every heartbreak

And every scar

Be a picture that reminds you

Who has carried you this far

‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could

In this moment heaven’s working

Everything for your good

So tell your heart to beat again

Close your eyes and breathe it in

Let the shadows fall away

Step into the light of grace

Yesterday’s a closing door

You don’t live there anymore

Say goodbye to where you’ve been

And tell your heart to beat again

Song by: Danny Gokey


Broken

Heartaches

Loneliness

sadness,

Worry,

anxiety

This is how you feel right now.

You want somebody to talk to

but there’s nobody around you

Now you are suffering

Because you are hurting inside.

And it’s frightening

Because you want to stop the pain.

The love you had has shattered.

And as you think you are alone

Flesh heart turns into stone.

My friend,

I am here.

I was here.

You were never alone.

You don’t have to do this on your own.

I was there…always

Just behind you

Waiting for you

to knock on my door…

With my arms wide open

Waiting for you to come in…

So I can tell your heart to beat again.

Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

 

How to wait for the right man /women from God?

How often you have been asked by your relatives, friends or colleagues if you are in a relationship? How long you have been single?

Or why are you not married yet and why are you still single?  Awkward to answer, isn’t it? Or you find it irritating? And for that reason you are now in a rush to find someone to be with because you don’t want to be asked or you don’t want people think you are not good enough to have someone in your life. Or worse you’re not that pretty and nobody likes you. So sad people think that way and that’s the reality.

But Hey! It’s okay! It’s not that sad or lonely to be alone. Maybe it is not yet your time. Or maybe you have just learned that is okay to love yourself first.

Let me share this with you, a Life lesson form Shawn McKenzie. It talks about how you are blessed and happy to be single (for now). I hope it will help and inspires you too. Please take time to read as this is all for us women/man out there. And let me know how it feels after reading this message.

Life lesson by: Shawn McKenzie

How to wait for the right man /women from God?

Enjoy where you are. Embrace the season you’re in. Trust me; it’s very well worth the wait. There are people who are currently in relationships and married wishing they could be in your current situation. The Bible tells us to be anxious for nothing but in prayer and supplication. Don’t be anxious for a man. Don’t be anxious for a woman. Don’t rush the timing and plan for God for your life by stepping out the step. The Bible says the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Stay in step!

As crazy as this may sound… It’s a blessing to have your heart broken now. It’s a blessing to cry over someone who left and mistreated you now. It’s a blessing that someone suddenly stopped talking to you now. . It’s a blessing to go through the process. Compared to some people who are deep in a relationship where time and energy were invested. It takes longer to heal from that experienced. Especially, if children are involved. Thank God for the small trials.

Lastly, never! Never! Never… Compromise your standards for any man or woman. There are no “but’s” or “what if’s”. There’s no need to give a hopeless doubtful situation an opportunity – flee! Stop playing with the devil. If you two are not equally yoked nothing goes passed friendship. And sometimes you can’t be friends. Don’t get caught up in trying to evangelize your lust with someone into a Godly relationship, it won’t work.  I promise you, your plan will fail and you will suffer for your actions. You cannot change anyone! That’s God’s job. The person has to be willing to change. Jesus doesn’t force Himself upon no man.

If you’re single you’re in a very good position than most. Continue to allow Christ to work on you and prepare your heart. When it’s your season, you will know.♥

‘Fall in love with Taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit.”

Amazing isn’t it? 😉

Thanks for reading. ♥

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♥Take time to read this is for you.♥

I was browsing my old notes on my mobile and I suddenly saw this message, a message that was shared 2 years ago from our YA (young adult) group. This is about the difference between hearing and listening and finding a loyal someone to you.

While I was reading this message, it got me thinking and concerned me if which one am I. “Am I really a good listener or a good hearer? Do I have a loyal friend with me that will stay and listen to me?” I was bothered since I can’t answer my question right away. It took me days and weeks before I realized what is really meant to be a listener and a hearer, what is really meant by hearing someone’s word or listening to someone’s emotion. And yes I realized that I have one loyal friend that will stay with me and listen to me…forever.

This time I’m going to pass this message to you so you will know which one are you. Please take time to read, this is for you. 🙂

Listening is probably the most important skills in building friendship and relationships, because you can’t love people without listening to them.

There’s a BIG difference between hearing and listening. You can hear something and not really be listening. I can’t tell you how many arguments I’ve had with my kids or my wife because I was listening to words instead of the emotions. Sometimes the words don’t even matter. Somebody can say to you, “I’m fine,” but the way they say it tells you they’re not fine. Listening means you also hear what the person isn’t saying.

That’s called empathy. Empathy means to put yourself in others person’s shoes. Learn their point of view. Ask yourself, “How would I feel if I were in that situation?”

Listening with empathy means you listen without interruption and you listen for fears and feelings. You listen for what they aren’t saying. You’re not trying to fix the situation. Sometimes healing comes just by listening!

As Romans 15:2 say, “we must bear the ‘burden’ of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others.’ (TLB)

What does it mean to be considerate or to bear the burden of a doubt of others? That means that when people are so much in pain and hurting so badly that they don’t even know what they believe… they need the devotion of a loyal friend- someone who will be present and listen with empathy.

Proverbs 21:21. ‘He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.’

But who is that loyal friend of yours that will listen to you with empathy? That will never leave nor forsake you? And will continue to work on you until the end? Is it your family, your friends, your wife or husband, your parents, your colleague? Or is it the person next beside you?

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 | NIV |

Now you do realize that? Make sense right? 😉

Thanks for reading! God bless everyone! ♥.

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15 Reasons why LOVE always win

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In God’s Word

  1. Because “Love is patient.”(1 Cor.13:4)
  2. Love is kind. (1 Cor.13:4)
  3. Because “Love does not envy.”(1 Cor.13:4)
  4. It does not boast. (1 Cor.13:4)
  5. It is not proud. (1 Cor.13:4)
  6. Because “Love does not dishonor others.” (1Cor.13:5)
  7. “It is not self- seeking.” (1 Cor.13:5)
  8. “It is not easily angered.” (1 Cor.13:5)
  9. “It keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Cor.13:5)
  10. “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Cor.13:6)
  11. Because “it always protects.” (1 Cor.13:7)
  12. It always trusts. (1 Cor.13:7)
  13. It always hopes. (1 Cor.13:7)
  14. Because “it always perseveres.” (1 Cor.13:7)
  15. And because “Love never fails.” (1 Cor.13:8)

God’s Love,

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