As Christians, we often find ourselves wanting more of God. We even go around looking for that excitement we felt when we first came to know Jesus.
I just read a new article on Desiring God's website entitled Before the throne of social likes. It is one of the best write-up I've read so far and has dearly spoken to my heart today. You see, when I was younger, I used to be that school-girl who got so addicted to using social media that I wake up social media, I eat social media, I sleep social media and breathe social media. Although it is absurd to think that way, it's been the truth that I have been living in until my early teenage years.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. ~ Proverbs 16:3
When life gets too busy, things go uncontrolled, and a bunch of thoughts are running at the back of our minds, I honestly think there's one sure way to find that peace and break that we all yearn for, and that is to listen. Let Him speak. Sometimes we fill our minds with all the to-do-lists and the bucket lists that we don't get to stop for a moment and hear what God has to say.
In life we’re often placed in circumstances where the struggle to accept our defeat and move further becomes really hard. Even when all the facts are already lying right before our eyes, we can’t seem to let go of all the things, people or problems that’s hindering us from being okay. But that’s life, we’ve had to deal with the hard times, we’ve had to battle all those fears, we’ve had to keep on fighting. But there’s one begrudging truth amongst all of these though– that no matter how much we try to keep going, when we don’t learn how to let go of the relationships and the opportunities that could’ve been, I’m afraid to say but we might just be making ourselves a subject to not just pain but failure as well.
Christmas is just 2 days away! The days flew by so quickly that I haven't even noticed how fast December 2016 is coming to an end. Christmas is my favorite season as it is quickly associated with the winter season here in the UAE. And everyone loves winter. There's just something about this season that seems to wipe off everything— worries, heartaches and every negativity. In the Philippines, even the people living in the slums make sure that they'd feel the spirit of Christmas. They'd light their houses with Christmas lights that run through all over the towns (which I long to experience). They'd put up star lanterns hanging on their window sills. Surely, there's something with Christmas that light people's hearts with joy and perspective.
In the place where I currently stay, there's an Indian couple living just next to us. And even if they're muslims, they'd keep asking us about Christmas. These past few days, my dad has been working on crafting out huge star lanterns out of corrugated plastic material. Maybe because of our neighbors' curiosity, they'd often knock at our door and see the progress of the star. And guess what, they also tried to make one! It's just amazing to see how open they are about the thought of celebrating Christmas. These times remind of the reason behind Christmas. It's not about lights, the stars nor the pleasant weather that makes Christmas a season to rejoice. It's the hope that is associated with Jesus' birth that rekindles the fire inside the hearts of people. So this Christmas season, it's not bad to be happy about all the Christmas decorations you'll see. But stop a moment, and thank God for giving us the best reason to celebrate this Christmas.
Merry Christmas to y'all! I hope you enjoy it, keeping in mind the reason for this season.
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