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Writing 101, Day 7: Hook ’em with a quote

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Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
       (Matthew 11:28)

Read the passage again but this time let it sink down through your spirit.

Now, what do you feel? Did you feel a dark cloud hovering your spirit lifted up or you didn’t feel any change in your emotions at all? If you belong to the latter, let me expound and break the passage a little bit more.

Burdens are like baggages. Emotional baggage. Passing through an x-ray machine, you’ll find hate, resentment, bitterness, envy, indifference, anger and other evil thoughts. Together with this baggage is a carry-on of don’t-bother-me kind of attitude and a long  sourpuss face. No wonder why you feel heavy and can’t live life with a lighter attitude. Do you have this kind of baggage in your life? If so, the quote above is your lifelong prescription to freedom.

Jesus is inviting us to bring all of our encumbrances to Him. We are not meant to carry our burdens alone. Sure, we have friends that we can talk to and vent-out all our pent-up feelings and have a pity party but it doesn’t offer a permanent fix.

All of us have been hurt in one way or the other and as a consequence we become hardened, bitter and store hatred in our hearts. Stored up bitterness eats us up slowly and overtime it affects our health. Cancer, heart disease and other illnesses have a root cause and believe it or not, it springs out from our hearts. Try to examine and analyze what comes out of your mouth and if you hear anything that is not pleasing, check your heart for the Bible says, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. (Proverbs 4: 23-24). Your words reflect the condition of your heart.  You might be able to control it at times but it will soon come out and your actions will reflect your inward thoughts and feelings.

Sure you’ve been hurt and have been mistreated and reason out that you don’t deserve such actions but so was Jesus on the cross who was beaten, mocked, spit upon and have been called with such derogatory remarks but His response was, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). This is hard for us to follow which is why God provided the Holy Spirit who will empower us to do what we can’t do on our own.

Any hidden sin that you hold on to is like putting on the shackles on your neck, arms and legs that imprisons and a load of trash on your back. This is a self-inflicted confinement that can only be set free once you lay all impure thoughts and emotions on the hands of Jesus. Do not try to get even with your offender, take the high road and pick your battles for not all situations need to be addressed – some are just detours and irritants that are not even worth your time and attention. Let God handle all of your adversaries for He said in Romans 12:19, “Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine: I will repay.”

So here’s my work list for you today:

  1. Check your heart – see if there is anything that you’ve been harboring for all these years and lay it all to God in prayer
  2. Forgive your enemies and yourself
  3. Don’t do memory reruns of things done and said in the past
  4. Capture every ungodly thoughts and replace it with God’s Word
  5. Live life moving forward and leave the past in its proper place – which is in the past
  6. Fix your thoughts on what is honest, just, pure, lovely and on things of good report (Philippians 4:8)
  7. Receive the abundant life God has freely given you

 On a final note, I will leave you with a song from the Disney movie, Frozen, entitled Let it Go.

Let it all go and live the best life.

Be free, my friend. 

 

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in forgiveness, freedom, living light, quote

 

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Day 6: The space to write

ab3ec1a66595e46223bbf9f99fc30e46Laptop, printer, table lamp and other office supplies are my go-to materials for writing although the printer is barely used unless I encounter good images that will be useful for my other hobbies.

So here I am, it’s after 5 pm, sitting in my little corner office, filling the blank pages of WordPress post for the day’s assignment.

Whenever I write, I seldom use a pen and paper as my draft for it doesn’t work well with me. I tried it before but only resulted to a lot of paper wastes and corrections which made my  notebook unpalatable. I want my writing materials including books clean and free from folds and wrinkles. My technique, if you would like to call it that way, is writing on the spot and do the editing as I go along.

So here’s a glimpse of my writing habits. I check daily assignments the night before and work on household responsibilities while thinking of ideas on how to proceed with the assigned task. Since my blog is Christian-based, I write whatever the Holy Spirit has impressed upon my heart and include scriptural verses to back it up. I encourage all my readers to check out all the corresponding verses for after all, this blog is to lead you to know Jesus more and develop an intimate relationship with Him.

I like to think of myself as a scribe or an emissary of the Lord’s bidding and if I get to save a single soul through this blog, I would consider myself a success to have run the race that was set before me and looking forward to the day when the Master will say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”(Matthew 25:21)

And now, turning the table towards you, I would like to know what you want me to write in my future post. Instead of setting up a poll with a pre-set of ideas, I have decided to use a contact form instead and give you free rein on what topics you want to read or know more about. A warning though, I am NOT an expert on Christian topics/studies but I will do my best to give a thorough explanation as much as possible. Also, I would appreciate any feedback on my writing like which areas are good and what needs improvement. A big thank you in advance and see you next post.

If you’d like to get in touch, please use this form:

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in writing habits, writing space

 

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Day One: Set Three Goals

1817faf141df4fffa6e81ca6081be789The purpose of this blog came about to fulfill my life’s purpose which is to share the Lord’s Gospel to a lost and hurting world. I may not reach the whole word but at least I’ll be doing my part in my own space through the blogosphere.

My blog is to reflect Jesus Christ mostly in my writings so I can share the joy in my life and the hope that is not tied down to material wealth but is anchored in a stable and immovable entity which is found in Christ alone. My blog’s ultimate goal is saving the spiritually lost and helping my readers come to the realization that only Christ can save them and the Bible is the ultimate guidebook for successful Christian living.

So here’s a list of my three goals:

  1. To increase readership and followers during the life of this blog and to post every week or every 2 weeks.
  2. To have a change of perspective in my readers that is sifted in God’s Word alone.
  3. To create a lasting friendship with my readers and followers and help each other out along the way.
 
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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in goal, life's purpose

 

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Day 3: One – Word Inspiration

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My One – Word Inspiration

Can you keep a secret? So can I.

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Thank you for your time and understanding.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2015 in one-word inspiration, secret

 

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Day 4: A Story in a Single Image – Anthurium


photo-1428699190791-2c4f8b144d06While I was browsing the site for images for my assignment, the image that struck me was the picture of the anthurium. Alone, sad, dejected and was just lying idly by on the side all my herself. This is what I feel sometimes when I’m at a party or in certain occasions where everyone else are enjoying themselves, having a good laugh with others while I stay in the corner sulking (inwardly), and engrossed in my own little thoughts. Have you ever felt this way or it’s just me?

Even when other guests talk to me, I still felt I’m out of place and not a part of the group. I’m physically present but felt empty and can’t wait to go home and nurse my vulnerable self.

If you have ever been in this situation or will be experiencing similar feelings, I have good news for you. If you are a child of God, you are never alone. I repeat, you are never alone and never will be for the rest of your life. You know why, I’ll tell you why. As a child of God, you have the Holy Spirit that lives within you. He is that small, gentle voice that speaks and prompts you to go a certain way if you are headed for trouble. He is the one that enables you to do work and gives you the knowledge and wisdom for daily living.

Some people are not aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence in their lives. Some think that He is some kind of an invisible force. The Holy Spirit is a person, a third person in God’s Divinity. We have a triune God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  He was the same person that came to all the apostles (in the book of Acts) in the upper room that caused them to speak in other languages. Thus the Feast of the Pentecost was born and where the first church was created but this is a whole another story. I don’t want to be off-track here so let me go back to my original post. As I have said, the Holy Spirit dwells in us during our whole lifetime and whenever you feel sad, lonely and felt like you’ve been abandoned by family or friends, remember that we have the best friend who will never leave us alone no matter what and a friend that is closer than a brother. He is just waiting for us to converse with Him. One good book that I would recommend is Robert Morris’, The God I Never Knew to have a much better understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives and how we could cultivate an intimate relationship with our Father through Him.

Once you’ve established that, I can guarantee you that your life will never be the same and you will develop the spiritual fruits and the empty, void feeling of aloneness will be a thing of the past. Now don’t you think that is something to celebrate about? I sure bet it is.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2015 in emptiness, Holy Spirit, loneliness

 

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Day 2 Assignment: The Things that I Like

 

Well, here are the things that I like:

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  1. Cooking different recipes that satisfy my fancy.
  2. Baking/creating beautiful and satisfying desserts.
  3. Taking a hot shower during winter.
  4. Looking at myself  in the mirror multiples times in a day.
  5. Doing my arts and crafts projects, sewing, quilting, drawing and painting.

B. Emotional/Psychological

  1. Hugging my husband in the morning.
  2. Spending time with my family and friends during parties or during barbecue cook-outs.
  3. Talking with family and friends either thru Skype or any other communication tool.

C. Spiritual

  1. Listening to Christian Ministers on TV namely –  Dr. Charles Stanley, Joseph Prince, Joyce Meyer, Hal Lindsey and Dr. David Jeremiah.
  2. Reading Christian books that help me in my spiritual growth.
  3. Subscribing to Christian sites – be it in the area of Christian living, finances or just for personal improvement.
  4. Writing on my blog for my avid followers and readers.
  5. And most of all, reading the Bible and writing on my journal.

There you have it!   That pretty much sums up everything or almost everything.

‘Till next time!!!

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in hobbies, interests

 

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WRITING 101 – MY REASON FOR WRITING

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Writing is really not my #1 forte. Speaking and reading are. Anyways, my reason for writing is to hone my writing skills and publish some posts which are mostly Christian-based to shed light into this dark, depressing world that we live in. Even while we are navigating our lives in a broken world but if our minds are renewed in God’s Word, we can think differently (our perceptions  change), act in a different manner that is pleasing to God and make a good decision and act on it proactively.

Another reason for writing in WordPress is to make my writing tangible and permanent where I can look back into the near future and gauge how far I’ve good to in life – whether I have stayed stagnant, gone backwards or have improved.

Primary goal and utmost reason is to publish a book and make it to the New York Times Bestseller’s List, have a great impact and improve as many of my reader’s lives that will lead to receiving Christ as their personal Savior. And to top it all, to have a ripple and butterfly effect that will lead to saving their whole family’s lives as well.

Acts 20:24, “Life is worth nothing unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”

As Dr. Charles Stanley  said,  “It is the Word of God and the work of God that changes people’s lives.”  It is for this same reason why I’m doing what I’m currently doing.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in writing 101

 

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