“Mama,Why Should I Fear God When He Is Good?”

A question raised by our daughter after our bedtime prayer when I asked  – “Lord, thank you for Journy’s heart, her healthy body, and her mind. I pray that you will bless her with wisdom, and that she will live her life with fear of You…..”

She quickly sat up looking confuse, “Mama, why should I fear God when He is good?”, she asked.

wp-image--2114816481I am not good in explaining things. Sometimes my choice of words are poor and everything I would like to say get all twisted…. but I tried the best I can many times.

She did not get it at first but after a while of reminding myself to talk to her about it, she told me she understood.

Fearing God does not mean hiding or running away from Him.

When we fear God, we acknowledge Him first before we do anything thru prayer, our means of communicating to Him.

We consider what is right and pleasing before Him.  We take heart His teachings, His words and it becomes our guide in making decisions. It give us understanding. It keep us away from trouble.

It teach us to show kindness to others and to ourselves.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

We are to love and care for ourselves because He created us. We are the work of His hands. We should not harm our bodies that He designed.

For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, Ephesians 5:29

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

We have to give Him the respect and honor that He deserve.

Living with fear of the Lord teach us humility and bring us abundance of peace.

 

But in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. Acts 10:35

 

The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short. Proverbs 10:27

 

Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

 

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. Proverbs 8:13

 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111:10

 

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:7

 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; … Psalms 1:1-6

 

 

 

 

 

….. just pondering

DSC_1596abcWe pick on other’s “misfortunes” and their being different from us,and use it to define them. We think we are better, we are on a pedestal, more powerful, and we think it is relieving when we see other’s imperfections. We are so quick to assume that’s who they are base on what we hear and our own judgement. So quick to bring them down. We forgot to look at ourselves, and ponder on our unfortunate circumstances. I am sure, we have our worst nightmares, failures and heavier burden than those we belittle. We probably are living less than them, happier and content, stronger than we think.

Our hateful soul, grudging spirit, and false mouth has its own place… and this, is very true: “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45

Stay away from trouble.

Let go of the hate.

Stop being judgmental.

Be empathetic.

(most importantly) Always guard our hearts.

Specific Prayer

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A lot of times I don’t understand how emotions change so quick. I was happy yesterday and then I am feeling miserable the next day. I pray each day to be a good wife and mother so I can take care of my love ones, that is like a common and simple pray I do.

 

But today, I talked to myself that I will specifically ask the Lord to bless me with a clear and sound mind everyday. A positive attitude towards everything around me, a spirit of motivation to do things in the house not just for myself. A refined heart so I can be calm whatever it is that I will go through. Wisdom so I can handle things wisely even if I have to be flexible because I know not all things work the way I expect.

 

I need His grace, so I can breathe and be okay,  be still as I keep moving, may it be slow but with assurance that God is guiding me the whole way through, be reminded that I am not in control but He is, and that I can rest in Him.

 

God is ultimately good!

 

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

Reading, The Struggle Is Real

I never like to sit and read. As soon as I notice how thick and how tiny the words are written, I get bored already. But I taught her to read, and I learn to put dramatic effect on my voice when story telling. That was when she was little, and I can’t do it now, because she doesn’t want me to ruin the story. She would push me to read. She will leave the book right where my seat is at the dinner table. I know it is due to be returned but she won’t do it. She would check if the bookmark has been moved. I told her that I don’t understand some words, if everything is written in basic or simple English I will probably read a lot.

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Reading one of Ben Carson’s book. She thinks, he is a brilliant genius.

I find it boring and not interesting because I struggle. It happened many times, when she have tears rolling to her cheeks (literally) or laughing and I just keep on reading without realizing we’re on the climax of the story. Climax, I learned that from her. I would probably use “height” or “thrilling part”. When I hear her say with a look of disappointment , “Mahhmm!”, I probably mispronounced the word “people” as “peepool”.

And since I let her check this journal right at this moment where she is standing beside me, she wanted me to add that the climax is the turning point of the story. Another learning point for me with this kid. She does what I asked her to do and that is to check my grammar and vocabulary.

By the way,  I finished the two books she recommended me to read. She must be proud. LOL!

(She asked me to delete the word LOL because this journal is formal writing not informal writing, according to her, and I don’t need to write slang words. “What if the President of the United States read your journal or whoever the readers are?” She currently is doing formal writing about chocolate milk if she is against it to be banned in school.)

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Her way of relaxing.

 

I was inspired to write this journal after I googled the word epitome which was on one of my friend’s comment on my Facebook post. I realized that if I read more, I would probably develop good grammar and increase my vocabulary.

Stay Connected

It’s nothing new Buddy, you were there before. You know Who were with you. He never left you. He never will. Have faith. Trust in Him. You probably know the answer but you’re making it difficult with that stubborn spirit. Give it to the Lord, lift it all up to Him. Stay connected my Friend. Jesus loves you big time. 

When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. In God,  whose word in praise, in God I trust, I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me.  Psalm 56:3-4


Focus

Fitness has been part of me for a long time. I am not ripped or anything with a low percent of body fat. It is just something I love to do and what it makes me feel on the inside. I am learning about my body as I listen to it. I am happy of the strength, endurance, and flexibility I have. It is not perfect but the fruit of being active is very beneficial.

I describe my fitness journey as  love and hate relationship. Some days, I am motivated and some days is the opposite. I struggle. And time can be too tight to squeeze in everything.

More than a year ago, I joined a fitness group, Be Fit Pinay,  on  Facebook. We share health information from workout to nutrition, before and after,  winning progress and some of our low points. The group is supportive. It challenges me to keep motivated. The downside of it can be depressing when I compare myself with the progress of others. When I feel like I am running behind. It makes me unhappy. It becomes worst when I get fixated with fitness images on the internet and magazines.

I settled myself with the realization that everyone’s body is different. Everyone’s goal is different. My weakness could be their strength and my strength could be their weakness, even the way we perceive every details of life can be different.

Life is not fair but it should not stop oneself to move forward. The success of others should not halt us to trust the process. Make it an inspiration not comparison. Let it be a learning experience instead of making it a reason to doubt and not believe on ourselves.

We really have to focus on our own journey. Face our challenges and goals. Not allowing our motivation and perseverance to be robbed of what is around us. Fear not on others’ expectation instead fix our eyes on where we are heading. This reminds me of Peter on the Book of Matthew 14:28-31:

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Have faith and be blessed. Be the best version of ourselves and make it contagious.

God bless you!

P.S Let’s take this journey as unique individuals. Different in so many ways but special because our body and mind is designed wonderfully by our Creator, Whom we can connect first thing, and Who is able to guide us throughout our day. We need His super power. Nothing lift our spirit up better than our God.

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“With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

Mark 10:27

Calm My Soul

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This is the life of want and distress,

The life of joy and robbery,

The life of contentment and uncertainty,

The life to own and build,

The life of happy and misery,

The life to treat one nice but can’t be please,

The life to achieve and fail,

The life to stand up and be heard,

The life to cherish whatever lies ahead.

This is life,

The life of imperfection to embrace,

The life of courage against all pain,

The life of dancing,

The life to calm my soul,

The life of giving and forgiving.

This is life.

The life to live whatever was behind.

 

 

*God is good all the time. I thank Him for my life. *

 

 

 

 

The Great Scents Of Fall

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Beautiful trees. Awesome different shades of color.
It’s wonderful to watch leaves fall to the ground. The more leaves pile up, the prettier it looks.
Fall is the time of the year when the weather is just right. It gets cold but not the same with the actual winter season. I love it. The only pitfall is that I don’t like raking leaves. I have to be in a mood to do it. I don’t like to work where I pant and I get out of breath after. It’s a lot of work. Continue reading

Frozen-Like Birthday Party

She is grateful to have her friends around and celebrated her 7th birthday with them. She decided to have it today since her BFF will not be able to come on her actual birthday, plus my husband and I were home.

One week before her party, I asked her what she likes or want for her birthday and she answered, “I don’t know”. She really does not make a list or  ask for a special gift on her birthdays; neither on Christmas time.

Since, I (traditionally) bake our birthday cakes, I wanted to know if there is anything particular she likes for hers.  Not to my surprise, she requested a cake that resemblance Elsa from Disney Movie, FROZEN.

I made her request. It was not a perfect Elsa cake, but I tried. She was very happy about it. I baked cupcakes as well for her friends to take home with their goody bags.

They hang out in the house. Play whatever toys my daughter have. Rainbow looming. Animal-Poly. Made a hide out under the dining table.

It was a very simple party. The kids had fun. I’m glad they came despite with the cold breezy weather. We’re glad we did not cancel the party.

Here are some clips of her FROZEN-like birthday celebration.

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

His Birth, Our New Life

His Birth, Our New Life

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Happy Birthday to you who made the decision to invite Jesus in to your heart and have personal relationship with Him.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17