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Friday, June 27, 2014

Live on less, and delight in it more - God Whispers June 27,2014



Live on less, and delight in it more.

Teaching you,
God

P.S. Develop the capacity to suck all the joy that life has to offer and you won’t need expensive entertainment.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Surround yourself with good company because no one ever made it on his own to heaven - God Whispers June 26,2014


Surround yourself with good company because no one ever made it on his own to heaven.

Good day,
God

P.S. Help carry one another’s burden, weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.

Is your life aligned to God’s will? - Daily Bible Reflections June 26,2014


CHECK YOUR ATLAS
 
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24
 
       There was a time when I visited a chiropractor for my neck and shoulder pains. I learned from him that many illnesses arise when our spinal column is misaligned. Out of our 33 vertebrae, the first thing chiropractors look at is our atlas, the first and the highest one found at the base of our skull.
       If this bone is not in its right position, all the other vertebrae will twist accordingly. This will result in squeezing the nerves that branch out of the spinal column towards our other organs and will cause all kinds of sickness and conditions.
       Doesn’t life operate this way too? If our lives aren’t centered on Jesus, we’ll easily lose our way. Wrong may seem right when we’re pushed to the wall. Our problems can look big and intimidating. It’s so easy to forget that our God is great and can do the impossible.
       But if Jesus is the center of our lives, everything will align according to His plan. Rissa Singson-Kawpeng (justbreatherissa@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Is your life aligned to God’s will?
 

Lord, be the center of our lives.
 
Blessed Raymond Lull, pray for us.
 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Simplicity is having the time and space to embrace what is most important to you - God Whispers June 24,2014


Simplicity is having the time and space to embrace what is most important to you.

Focus on the important,
God

P.S. Don’t let the cares of this world rob you of your true wealth: faith, hope and love.

 

Who are you and who does God want you to be? - Daily Bible Reflections June 24,2014


Solemnity of the Nativity of
St. John the Baptist
 
CURRICULUM VITAE
 
All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” (Luke 1:65-66)
 
       As I entered high school, my relatives and teachers continuously pressured me to get high grades or do extracurricular work because they said it will look good on my resume.
       Since then, making my resume look attractive has been a priority, especially every time I do a consulting project, attend a training or switch jobs.
       The big question is, does that piece of document define who I am and what I’m worth?
       This is what I believe: Even if you strip away everything — education, career accomplishment, wealth and power — only one thing should matter. That we know we are a child of God and, as His child, we are destined to do great things. JPaul Hernandez (jpaulmh@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Who are you and who does God want you to be?
 
Abba, I surrender my totality to You. May I be who You designed me to be. Amen.
 
St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32) - Daily Bible Reflections June 23,2014


DIG DEEPER
 
“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Matthew 7:2
 
Part of my work as a magazine editor is to correct errors in grammar, spelling and style. In other words, I look for the “wrong” in order to make it “right.” I keep in mind the metaphor, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and abide by it literally. I need to read every word, sentence and paragraph; check the graphics, photos and other details of the magazine from cover to cover.
       I realized that there are editing principles I should apply — and others I should avoid — in my relationship with people. When I find something wrong in a person, I should not stop there and be quick to judge. I should dig deeper — get to know the person more —and “read” beyond what my senses perceive. I have learned, for example, that an overly critical person is emotionally and spiritually wounded and her criticisms about others may be a projection of her very own faults.
       Unfortunately, it’s easy to judge others by appearance and by reputation. I need to learn to see “difficult” people with the compassionate eyes of Jesus. After all, this is the way He looks at me.Dina Pecaña (dpecana@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
 
Lord, grant me the grace to remember that the judgment I pass on others is the same one others will pass on me. May I see others through Your loving eyes.
 
St. John Fisher, pray for us.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Do you have enough faith to believe what God said? - Daily Bible Reflections June 20,2014


FAITHFUL AND TRUE
 
The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back… – Psalm 132:11
 
“Thessa, we will praise the Lord because we know that He will give us the child that we have been praying for,” I told my wife as we both cried.
       We were praying for a baby amidst the negative reports of doctors. She had just turned 40. To make things worse, she had endometriosis, a retroverted uterus, and polycystic ovaries. Oh yes, there were times we lost hope. There were nights we cried ourselves to sleep. There were moments we asked God why. In the middle of all these challenges, we clung to His promise that we would one day have a child. God delivered.
       Last April, our son Ziki celebrated his third birthday. God answered our prayers just two years after we got married. Thessa had a wonderful pregnancy, no aversion to any kind of food, no morning sickness, no complications.
       God will never turn His back on His promises to you. He will do what He said He will. It’s not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when. Keep believing. He will never let you down.
       God said it. I believe it. That settles it. Randy Borromeo (rborromeo@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Do you have enough faith to believe what God said?
 
Dear Lord, please give me the faith to believe that You are true to Your promises. Let me not be moved by what I feel or hear or see but by what I believe in. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
St. Paulinus of Nola, pray for us.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What would you like to read in your obituary? Live today to make that happen - Daily Bible Reflections June 19,2014


NOBLE NOBEL
 
In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. – Sirach 48:14
 
       One day, Alfred Nobel, a chemist, inventor and armaments manufacturer, read the newspaper and got the surprise of his life. Printed in bold letters in the obituary section was his name: Alfred Nobel, Inventor of Dynamite. They had mistaken him for his brother who recently died. Alfred took to heart the horror of being known and remembered for something as destructive as dynamite. So he employed his acquired wealth to establish what now is known as one of the most prized awards in the world: the Nobel Prize. Now, Alfred is remembered for his noble Nobel. I bet if he read his actual obituary again, he would have smiled.
       Friend, maybe you haven’t been living life “nobly.” All of us have done things we are not proud of. The good news is, we can right what’s wrong. Just as Alfred didn’t settle for leaving a less-than-noble legacy to the world, we can make the powerful choice to change. Elisha, in the reading above, was a true disciple of his mentor, Elijah. He, too, is remembered with the greatness of his predecessor.
       Recognize that God has purposed your life to be a blessing to others… not only now on earth, but even after. Fulfill your call and, by God’s grace, create the life a child of God should live. Jonathan Yogawin (jyogawin@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: What would you like to read in your obituary? Live today to make that happen.
 
Lord, may I be remembered as Your true disciple.
 
St. Romuald, abbot, pray for us.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Count on it — God’s love is constant and it never changes - Daily Bible Reflections June 17,2014


THE ONLY
PERMANENT THING
 
“...your heavenly Father is perfect. – Matthew 5:48
 
       It was our first time in Sydney, Australia, a wonderful gift from God. But we came in the dead of winter, and although it wasn’t snowing, the temperature was close to zero. Staying outdoors was difficult when we walked in the city streets. So when we saw a huge, royal-looking building, we went in to stay warm.
       It was the Queen Victoria Building, a shopping mall and not a royal palace as it appeared to be on the outside. It was originally used for stately purposes for the Queen of England. But its purpose has changed — from royalty use to commercial use.
       In a coffee corner inside the mall, I reflected on this issue called change. They say that the only thing permanent in life is change. But even change changes. Then wisdom came to me. There is something that’s truly permanent in this world: God’s love. That thought warmed my heart more than the coffee.
       Count on it — God’s love is constant and it never changes! Rolly España (rolly@homeliving.com.ph)
 
 
Reflection: Lord, thank You for the wisdom in the thought that You created me so that You can love me. Your love has never changed or wavered.
 
Jesus, everywhere I turn You are there pursuing me with all Your love. You are my Good Shepherd.
 
St. Joseph Cafasso, pray for us.

Monday, June 16, 2014

What could be the main source of your stress today? Do you need to forgive someone? - Daily Bible Reflections June 16,2014


MOLAR CRATER
 
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’” – Matthew 5:38
 
       I had not been able to eat well for seven long years. I couldn’t even come close to the pretty, giggly, sweet-smelling girls. I never attended any of my high school dances. And it was all because my breath stank! Every girl I had spoken to has had nightmares or Ground Zero disintegration.
       You see, I had a totally rotten right molar. A slight mistake got food particles lodged into the gaping cavity, sending unimaginable, brain-shattering pain to my entire body. Then I saw my dentist. In two days, I was eating normally! In three days, I attended my first party, wearing my Close-Up smile. I realized how much I had deprived myself all these years. I told myself, “Now, I live!”
       My friend, anger and bitterness are rotten molars. They destroy your life. They rob you of the joy of what life is all about. In contrast, forgiveness heals. It is the kindness you extend to the other person. But most importantly, forgiveness is the kindness you extend to yourself. Forgiveness heals you!
       Do yourself a favor. Forgive. Jon Escoto (faithatworkjon@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: What could be the main source of your stress today? Do you need to forgive someone?
 
Lord, let me know that I need forgiveness. Fill me with Your forgiveness. Then, I can draw from the well of my forgiven heart, and freely give it to those who hurt me.
 
St. John Francis Regis, pray for us.
 
 

Friday, June 13, 2014

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26) - Daily Bible Reflections June 13,2014


A CUT ABOVE THE
REST
 
“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you....” – Matthew 5:30
 
Aron Lee Ralston is widely known for having survived a canyoneering accident in Utah in 2003, during which he amputated his own right arm with a dull multi-tool in order to free himself from a dislodged boulder that had trapped him there for five days and seven hours. After he freed himself, he had to climb down a 65-foot cliff face to reach safety. He documented  this in his book Between a Rock and a Hard Place. He doesn’t see what he went through at the time he lost his arm but rather, when he got back his life.
       Hopefully we don’t have to reach that point where we have to physically cut off a body part, too. But there may come a time when we may find ourselves between a rock and a hard place, like maybe finding a bag with the money you desperately need at the moment to pay for your son’s operation. Or getting a big bonus at work for keeping quiet about some anomalous transaction. It’s like deciding between the devil and the deep blue sea. Our choice will reveal who the real Lord of our life is. Ronna Ledesma (ronna_ledesma@yahoo.com.ph)
 
Reflection: “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
 
Abba, grant me the courage to “cut off” whatever is necessary when I find myself being tempted.
 
St. Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

There’s a war going on: a battle between the forces of good and evil. The prize is you! So choose well what side you are fighting for - Daily Bible Reflections June 11,2014

Memorial of St. Barnabas, Apostle
 
BE A CHAMPION!
 
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
 
Modern man defines “champion” as someone who beats everyone in a contest or a battle. Hence, the title carries an air of pride and superiority. This reflects the competitive “dog-eat-dog” mentality in our world.
       As a former “warrior,” I know the word in a very deep sense. “Champion” means “combatant”; “gladiator” or “fighter”; “to fight for, defend, protect”; “field of combat”. These definitions remove the arrogant connotation of the word and instead carries a deep sense of sacrificial duty. It tells me that the champion is sent as a sacrifice to fight the strongest opponent in order to avoid a massive war.
       Sounds like John 3:16 to me. Let me rephrase that famous passage in warriorspeak: “For the Commanding General-God is so committed in His love of the subject-world, that He unleashed His only begotten Champion-Son; that whoever rallies behind Him and joins His Army will not lose life’s battle but will have eternal victory.”
       Today let’s redefine our identity: We aren’t just children of God; we’re God’s Powerful Champions! And our strategy? To obey His command and champion His greatness (Matthew 5:19). Ahoo! Ahoo! Obet Cabrillas (kpreacherobet@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: There’s a war going on: a battle between the forces of good and evil. The prize is you! So choose well what side you are fighting for.
 
Lord, You can move mountains. You are mighty to save!
 
St. Barnabas, Apostle, pray for us.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When we worry, it only means we are focused more on the lack in our pockets rather than on the abundance in our Father’s hand - Daily Bible Reflections June 10,2014


JEHOVAH-JIREH
 
And she and he and her household ate for many days. – 1 Kings 17:15
 
She only had enough money to buy food for her family that evening and for her ride home. But when the love offering time came during the prayer meeting, she felt that God wanted her to give all that she had. The joy she felt after giving was inexplicable, but she also thought of how long it would take her to walk home.
       Right after the prayer meeting, someone approached her and asked her if she wanted to hitch a ride. She got home in no time! But she had no food to feed her family. So they all went to bed early to forget the hunger. Later, they were aroused from their sleep by an urgent knock on the door. She got up to open the door a little since it was blocked by their bed. The person thrust his hand through the partly opened door, holding a big plastic bag. She almost cried when she saw that it was filled with food! She quickly moved the bed to open the door and see who their generous donor was but no one was there.
       When the Spirit moves you to give or to do something, never ignore it. Otherwise, you may miss out on the chance of seeing God at work. More than your sacrifice, what God wants is your absolute trust that cries out, “Jehovah-Jireh, my God will provide!” Ronna Ledesma (ronna_ledesma@yahoo.com.ph)
 
Reflection: When we worry, it only means we are focused more on the lack in our pockets rather than on the abundance in our Father’s hand.
 
Father, forgive me for those times I worried and stressed over what I do not have instead of looking at everything You have.
 
Blessed Joachima, pray for us.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Are you a believer? Do you allow yourself to grow in your faith by reading the Bible and spiritual books, attending seminars, and other ways? - Daily Bible Reflections June 9,2014


WANTED: CATECHISTS
 
And he opened his mouth and taught them... – Matthew 5:2
 
       When Jesus walked the earth, it wasn’t enough for Him to just model by His life and examples how we should follow Him. Notice that people didn’t understand many of the things that Jesus said and did. That’s why teaching was an important part of the way the Lord evangelized, especially since His ways are not our ways. He had to explain what He did and taught, especially since it was revolutionary and sometimes even contrary to what the people knew about God.
       As a catechist, I see my role as crucial because Christian doctrines and teachings that were revolutionary during Jesus’ time are now considered old-fashioned and passé. The world teaches freedom as opposed to Christ’s call to obedience and submission to the will of God.
       As followers of Jesus, we need to teach. We need to catechize to bring people back to the faith. The bad news is there’s not enough of us, and not all baptized parents effectively catechize their children.
       Let’s do our part and share our faith! Cristy Galang (cristy_cc@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Are you a believer? Do you allow yourself to grow in your faith by reading the Bible and spiritual books, attending seminars, and other ways?
 
Here I am, Lord, ready to grow as a Christian. I am willing to serve You to evangelize others. May You use me to bring the faith to others.
 
St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Do you serve God with the gifts He has given you? - Daily Bible Reflections June 8,2014


Solemnity of the Pentecost
 
TORTURE OR BLISS?
 
There are different forms of service but the same Lord. – 1 Corinthians 12:5
 
One night, coming home from a dinner, my friends and I got to talk about the different ministries we were involved in. A friend said he joined the music ministry because it’s the easiest to do. I retorted, “That may be easy for you but it’s torture for me!”
       We all laughed, but it’s true. Singing, dancing, speaking in front of people (I only do this when it’s required!) — they aren’t my cup of tea.
       But ask me to organize and plan a project from ground zero, listen to a troubled person, prepare a teaching module (that someone else will deliver!), write something to inspire people, or do other things that require less exposure — and I’ll gladly do it with passion. For some, these things may be pure torture, but it’s bliss for me!
       We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, and so we operate within our comfort zones. We don’t need to envy another person when he’s good at something that we’re not. And we don’t need to look down on someone when he can’t do something that we’re good at.
       God wired us differently — and we respect Him when we use whatever gifts He has blessed us with for His purpose. Tess V. Atienza (svp_tvatienza@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Do you serve God with the gifts He has given you?
 
I offer back to You, Lord, all that You have given me.
 
St. William of York, pray for us.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

John 3:30 says, “He must increase; I must decrease.” Our weakness allows us to rely more on God’s power than our abilities - Daily Bible Reflections June 7,2014

NO RETIREMENT
FROM SERVICE
 
And he stayed two full years... preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered. – Acts 28:30-31
 
       I thought my parents would “slow down” in their church and community service when they officially became “senior” citizens. I thought they would prefer a more relaxed lifestyle. They have been serving God in various capacities for more than 20 years already. I believe that they deserve the break.
       But they have proven me wrong. They continue to be members of not just one but two Catholic Charismatic communities. They travel to Naga City regularly as part of their service to the community. They lead evangelistic events, give talks and provide guidance to the local leaders. Their love for God continues to inspire me and others.
       In today’s reading, St. Paul was already in exile. He had every reason to slow down since he was already in prison. He could assume that God would understand his situation. Yet, he continued to preach and teach to the people around him. His current situation did not stop him from doing God’s work. His life is proof that God can use us no matter how limited we think we are. Alvin Fabella (John 3:30 says, “He must increase; I must decrease.” Our  weakness allows us to rely more on God’s power than our abilities.
 
Lord, empower me to continue doing the mission You have given me. Amen.
 
Servant of God Joseph Perez, pray for us.
 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made- (Robert Browning) - Daily Bible Reflections June 6,2014


GROWING OLD
 
“But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will... take you where you don’t want to go.” – John 21:18
 
       My Lola Cianing lived until the age of 101 years. After suffering a stroke and being in a coma for three days, she passed away peacefully in her sleep. The Lord blessed her with a long and fruitful life. But as I witnessed how frail, helpless and weak she became with age, I could not help but ask: Is it worth living that long?
       Aunt Mimi said she didn’t want to “overstay” in this life. “Isn’t it an ordeal to become dependent on others in your old age?” she asked. I replied, “Maybe God let Lola live longer so that we can have our turn in serving her. All these years she’s been taking care of us.”
       In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that we will grow old someday. He knows what we need and gives us family, friends and even strangers through whom He can care for us. Let us look forward to these grace-filled years and embrace Jesus and all those who journey with us to the end. Dina Pecaña (dpecana@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made.” (Robert Browning)
 
Lord, I am getting older and will someday be old. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. Lord, I want a few friends at the end. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and the talents in unexpected people. And give me the grace to tell them so. (Prayer in Old Age by a 17th century nun)
 
St. Norbert, bishop, pray for us.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Is your faith under fire? When temptations come to compromise my faith, beliefs and values, deliver me, Lord - Daily Bible Reflections June 5,2014


MAKING A STAND
 
When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the group became divided. – Acts 23:7
 
“Shalom! I can’t be a part of this site. I’ve read some things here which are not consistent with the Bible. Where in the Bible can you read that Christians who are from Christ need to pray to St. Therese?” I received this email message four years ago from an online Didache reader.
       He wasn’t Catholic so I understood where he was coming from. My reflection was about asking for signs. I related the experience of two people and my own when we prayed to St. Therese for signs. I wasn’t pontificating but simply sharing my reflection in the light of my understanding of my Catholic faith.
       Paul was on trial before the Jewish council composed of Pharisees and Sadduccees. The Pharisees (like Paul) believed in the resurrection; the Sadduccees did not. This difference in belief caused a debate between the two groups and they became divided.
       I am a Catholic who writes for a Catholic publication. In my reflections, I could play it safe and write only about things which I think won’t create controversies. But if I do that, whom do I serve? Like Paul, I choose to stand for my faith. Judith Concepcion (svp_jmc@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection:Is your faith under fire?
 
When temptations come to compromise my faith, beliefs and values, deliver me, Lord.
 
St. Boniface, bishop and martyr, pray for us.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Who or what are you holding on to that may be holding you back from being the best God wants you to be? - Daily Bible Reflections June 4,2014


“GOOD” BYES
 
They were all crying as they hugged him and kissed him goodbye. – Acts 20:37
 
       I hate goodbyes. They make me cry because it means the end of something. But goodbyes happen. There are people who have to leave, things to let go of, and comfort zones to get out of.
       But not all goodbyes turn out sad. In the movie You’ve Got Mail, a branch of a bookstore chain opened in a neighborhood where a small bookstore thrived for years. The mega bookstore killed the small business. The owner had to say goodbye to her employees, who were close friends, and to her loyal customers when she closed down the shop she had inherited from her mother. But because of that, she got her happy ending: she had time to write a book and got the guy who owns the bookstore chain.
       I experienced something similar when the gym I had been patronizing for six years closed. I was upset and was forced to try the one right outside our village. It turned out to have the same group exercises but had friendlier terms, plus I saved on gas.
       Paul had to leave to proclaim Jesus in other places. If he hadn’t said goodbye, the Word of God would not have reached many Gentiles.
       We need goodbyes so we can do something new — maybe even better and greater things. Lella M. Santiago (mirellasantiago@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Who or what are you holding on to that may be holding you back from being the best God wants you to be?
 
Lord, grant me the wisdom to know when it’s time to let go.
 
Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions, martyrs, pray for us.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You don’t have to be a full-time missionary to bear witness to God’s Gospel. What do you believe is the ministry that the Lord has given you? - Daily Bible Reflections June 3,2014


OF MISSION AND
 
MINISTRY
 
“Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace.” – Acts 20:24
 
       The verse above is one of my favorite Bible verses of all time. It’s actually one of my life verses, and I believe the Lord led me to it when I was still a single missionary serving in Malaysia because He wanted me to see that He has a greater purpose for my life.
       I’m no longer a full-time missionary but I still consider myself one. This time, my ministry is primarily to my family, especially to my kids. The ministry that I have received from the Lord is to be a Proverbs 31:10 wife to my husband, and to raise my children to be individuals after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).
       God has also blessed me with another ministry — to bear witness to the Gospel through the articles I write, through the blog I own, and through the work I do at Shepherd’s Voice. I only pray that, whatever else He calls me to do in the future, He will still allow me to bring His Good News to others. I pray He does the same for you, too. Tina Santiago-Rodriguez (tina@trulyrichmom.com)
 
Reflection: You don’t have to be a full-time missionary to bear witness to God’s Gospel. What do you believe is the ministry that the Lord has given you?
 
Dearest Lord, show me what You want me to do with my life. May I live out Your calling for me to the best of my ability.
 
Blessed John XXIII, pray for us.

Stop looking around. Stop comparing yourself with others because He blessed you immensely! - God Whispers June 3,2014

 
Stop looking around. Stop comparing yourself with others because I’ve blessed you immensely!
 
Count your blessings,
God
 
P.S. You live in a pathologically dissatisfied world because people love to compare.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Are you deeply troubled and about to lose hope? Take courage and hold on to God’s Word. The Lord is our strength - Daily Bible Reflections June 2,2014


TAKE COURAGE!
 
“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” – John 16:33
 
“I am sorry to bother you, Bro. Danny.” This was the closing sentence of an email I received today from Bea (not her real name) who was asking for some prayers and advice for her very big problem.
       Bea had lived with a man who fathered her son. Because of quarrels, which led to physical assaults, she tried to leave him many times. But after patching up, she’d go back to him again. Recently, she finally decided to leave him for good, even though she had already forgiven him for all he’d done. With the difficulty of raising up their son, Bea wants the father to give financial support. But the man now has another woman.
       Problems like this can be overwhelming. You can either focus on the situation and crumble, or focus on God’s Word and move on. The Bible says very clearly: “No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
       In times like this, take courage! The Lord is with you! Danny Tariman (dtariman.loj@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Are you deeply troubled and about to lose hope? Take courage and hold on to God’s Word. The Lord is our strength.
 
Lord, You are my strength and my hope. Take me by my hand and let me walk out of this problem. Amen!
 
Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs, pray for us.

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