Nowadays, people have become confused about what prayer is really about. Sometimes, people portray it to be a holy act reserved only for clergymen. Sometimes, we limit it to litanies and memorised religious poetry. Sometimes, we think it’s some kind of skill that only some people can do. Like a balancing act or a note only certain vocal chords can reach.
Fear strips away God’s lordship over our lives. Instead of God being at the throne of our hearts, fear usurps God, manifesting in our loss of faith and surge of doubt. When we allow this illegitimate sovereignty of fear to continue, fear has the power to silence our faith. To exile faith into the deepest dungeons of our mind.
Man and Woman of God, don’t let fear rule you. Fight for the position of God in your life.
I thought about my decisions in the far and recent past and the factors that made me decide to push through or not. This includes both the big and small decisions that have defined my life as it is now. And I realised there were a lot of times I was pressured, instructed, or influenced by leaders around me. It could be someone superior in organisations I belonged to or even spiritual leaders at church. Many times it was my mom. It can also be friends who I considered were ahead of me in certain aspects or issues in my life, even though they weren’t my “leaders” per se.
They didn’t have to have an official title or position, but it was a matter of how I myself placed them in my life.
Ask mo si God.
Pray about it.
Quiet time ka muna.
God, may we receive precious & lasting intangible things this year 🙂 May You give us the tenacity & wisdom to weather through whatever this new year will bring. And always, thank You for your grace & love! In Jesus’ name! Amen! 💛
“When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in” (Psalm 112:4)
God wants His glory to be seen on you. He wants you to stand out in the crowd. He wants you to be so blessed that everyone around you can see His goodness on you! So keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping and keep declaring His Word because His light is going to come bursting in!
No one in college knows I used to write my own quotes in a medium-sized beige notebook that has brown spine. But, people from my high school knew about it. [Edit: I began this in 4th year high school.] I even let some people read through it. I wrote on it everyday. I brought it to class, I write on it before starting school work at night, and I read some of it before going to bed. It was my outlet of everything emotional and mental. But, mostly I wanted it to be inspirational and hope-filled.
I wrote quotes from writers and quotes from movies. You could say I got the idea from Jamie’s mom in “A Walk to Remember”, which is still my favorite love story. 🙂
Anyway, I found that notebook again today. I was actually looking for a quote one of my friends texted me before (yes, I rewrite even long text messages into that notebook even if took me some time). But, instead of finding what I was looking for, I found this. I actually put dates & times, too. And this one, I wrote on April 17, 2012. 00:02 AM
Dear, old self. What were you thinking & feeling when you wrote this? Well, whatever it was, I’m thankful now that you did.