So yesterday I just had it with this pimple that’s been on my nose for the past two weeks already. As I was complaining to myself, the Holy Spirit immediately spoke to my heart showing me how ungratefully I was acting. Some people do not even have a nose and here I am complaining about this ridiculous pimple I have on my face. This really made me take my words back and praise God for everything that I have – for my health, my family, my work, even for those other things that I have been complaining about lately.
God has a funny way of speaking to us sometimes and it amazes me every time. I encourage you today to be grateful for all that you have – the good and the bad. Remember that there is always someone that is going through a worse situation compared to yours. Thank God that you can easily breathe, some people need to use a respiratory machine in order to breathe – others are dying from a terminal disease. So, be grateful for what you have! I pray that you, including myself, never take for granted how bless we are.
D. Arelis XO
Second chances — sometimes you get them some times you don’t. In some cases you are only allowed one chance to prove that you are the best there is. Yes, we make mistakes but sometimes we absolutely cannot afford to make not even one mistake. For example a pilot, it only takes one mistake to have a fatal outcome.
But isn’t it amazing that our God is a God of second chances? He is a merciful and a loving God that is willing to give us one chance after another, even when we don’t deserve it — that’s the love of God. It doesn’t matter how many times we fall, what matters is if we are going to get back up after falling!
The story of the adulterous woman amazes me every time. So, this woman who was caught in adultery was brought before Jesus to be stoned. But instead of condemning this woman, Jesus showed her mercy. According to God’s word, “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7). Jesus gave her a second chance. He saw her heart of repentance. When everyone left the scene, he told the woman, “go now and leave your life of sin”.
I do not know what you are going through at this moment, but what I do know is that God is a God of second chances and there is hope for you today. He forgives a heart that is sincere and restores what is broken. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
D. Arelis XO
1 Samuel 3:4-10
Just like Samuel, sometimes as christians we do not recognize the voice of the Lord. We hear someone calling but we have no clue who. In the meantime we ask God to guide our steps but we are incapable of following, not because we don’t want to but simply because we are not familiar with the voice.
In order to know His voice we have to spend time getting to know Him. Do you think it’s right to walk up to a total stranger in a cafe and ask him to buy you a sandwich? Of course not! So why do we do this with God. To many of us, God is a total stranger. We never talk to him or thank Him but yet when we need something, we run to Him to ask him to supply our needs. We treat God as if He is Santa or an ATM machine.
Now going back to the topic of recognizing the voice of God, to hear His voice, we really need to seek His face first. When God assigns us to do something, He is going to instruct us in the way we should go and in order for us to listen to the instructions we need to understand the way He speaks. Get to know how He moves!
D. Arelis XO
“Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
– Galatians 6:9
Perhaps you feel like you’ve been forgotten, like everyone around you is getting the desires of their hearts but you are still waiting. I know you have probably heard this a thousand times from people around you, but waiting on the Lord is the best thing you and I can both do.
The story of Ruth encourages me every time I read it. It is one perfect examples of a godly woman who patiently waited on the Lord through a hard time in her life. Ruth was a loving, genuine, woman who cared for others before herself even when she was going through one of the hardest situations a woman could ever go through — the loss of a husband. However, she kept her head up high through it all. Her trust was in the Lord. I mean, she could have given in to depression and act like there was no hope left for her life — but she didn’t. She poured out of her love and kindness into someone else’s life — her mother-in law. Ruth had a beautiful heart, she decided to stay by her side and care for her, which is something she did not have to do, but did anyway. As all this was going on, the Lord turned her mourning into dancing. He rewarded her by giving her the desires of her heart.
God can turn your bitterness into sweetness. I don’t know how long you are waiting for a specific answer from God, or even what you are going through, but I want to encourage you today to keep on pressing through — wait a little longer.
Don’t get weary in doing what you know is the right thing to do. God will reward you in due time. What God has in store for you is worth waiting for. Doing it your way instead, is a recipe for failure — especially when you’ve already tried it your way once and you know how things turned out.
D. Arelis XO
“I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go”
– John 21:18 (NIV)
When I was younger, I dreamed of growing up and becoming a pediatrician, marrying my prince charming, having kids, a successful career and living happily ever after. Little did I know, my timing was not God’s timing. I wandered my own path for so long. At one point I was tired of going my own way – writing my own story. Life was just not working out the way I wanted it to.
I asked the Lord to show me His will; to transform me into the image He wanted me to be. The moment I asked God to mold me into His image is when my world made a drastic turn. Everything seemed to come crashing down. Things seemed to be getting worse by the minute, but what I did not know is that God was preparing me to merge into another path. He allowed my life to fall apart so that he can gather all the pieces and form me into a completely different piece — His masterpiece.
I quickly learned that life is no fairytale. When I was young, I had my hopes and dreams, but as I grew older, I learned to let God guide my every step and to trust that His plans for my life are way better than what I could ever plan for myself. It wasn’t always easy. I was very stubborn at times and had to learn the hard way. I quickly realized that there is no better author to write my story than the Author of life itself. “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).
D. Arelis XO
Believing in what you cannot see, right? This has been a never ending lesson for me lately. I am learning how to trust God with certain things. Every time is something new. I need to constantly lay it all down before God over and over again. It is almost as if there are different levels that we need to achieve.
It is easy to talk about stepping out of the boat and boldly taking the next step, but in reality most of us fail at this. We panic when we see that there is no way out, so we try to find our own way. But instead of fixing the situation, we make it even worse by taking matters into our own hands instead of letting God take control of it.
Abraham, a man that was called a friend of God. He loved God above all things and trusted completely in Him. One day, God asked Abraham to do the most difficult thing a parent could ever do. God asked him to sacrifice his son son to Him as a burnt offering. Abraham had to sacrifice his one son that he loved the most, the son God promised him he had to kill and sacrifice it back to the Lord. I cannot even imagine how devastating Abraham must have been. But he knew that being obedient to God was way better than anything he could ever love. So Abraham decided to do as God asked him to do. But when God saw Abraham’s obedient heart, He immediately stopped him from committing the act. “Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven. “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:15-18, NLT).
God wants to bring us to that place. The place where we blindly trust that He knows what He’s doing. The place where our heart choses to love the Giver more than the gift. A place where we honor Him with our act of obedience. Once we live in such a way, we are going to see His hand move in a mighty way!
As I am writing this today, I’m speaking to my own spirit. Sometimes we need to be reminded to be still and know that He is God — He knows what is best. I pray that you and I can learn how to trust God completely with every situation in our lives so that people can see His works in us and glorify His name!!