For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been taking care of errands that tell it’s almost time. Two Fridays ago, my family spent an entire day mall-hopping and bargain-hunting for shoes, clothes, and items on the pasalubong list. This past week, I sat down and identified who should get what. It appears that my family’s leaving and giving away everything in this house except for a few set of clothes, some books and toys for the kids, and I’m doubtlessly not letting go of my trusty Olympus cam.
It dawned on me that after 13 years of marriage + employment, my family leaves with practically nothing. No house, no car, no furniture/appliances. On September 18, we are flying with only three luggage, and maybe two balikbayan boxes of clothes and whatnots. I’m thinking what have my husband and I saved/accomplished in 13 years? Nothing?
(Putting my carnal/worldly/materialistic/greedy self aside), I feel blessed that my husband and I managed to put our children to good schools, 3 years for Maya, 8 years for Jared. (Education, that’s it?) We raised them well and provided a home that made them happy. (Hmm, iPad? Wii? vacays?) My memory fails me now, I can’t come up with a brag-worthy list of achievements. Maybe there really isn’t much that we as a couple have accomplished. But then again, from Day 1, we have lived in God’s grace. When we get to that minus thirty prairie that they call Winterpeg, it will only be by His Grace that we can start anew and add more to that achievements list.
To wake up to this every morning.
The last chance to be here in a very long time.
Ilangay Fishing Village
The CDT Origs!!!
Often we experience troubles under great pressure far beyond our abilities. Why would God allow such things to happen to us? The Bible tells us:
“But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:9b
One of the reasons God allows these things to happen to us is to bring us to the place where we do not rely on ourselves but ONLY on God.
To trust that even the toughest situations and most extreme situations is something only He can deliver us from.
So if you find yourself in tough, desperate situations, remember:
“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,…” 2 Corinthians 1:10
In this one verse we find the word deliver repeated three times. God desires to deliver us.
1. God will deliver us. The word deliver literally means to take one from the clutches of a strong power to bring him into the hands of a greater power. It means to be rescued. What ever situation the devil has you in – realize that God wants to deliver you from it.
2. He will deliver us again. No matter how many times you find yourself held captive by any power, situation or even death itself – remember He will deliver you again. And again and again, repeatedly.
3. He will continually deliver us. Paul makes the final point that God wants to, he desires to deliver us in all our situations. Don’t think that God’s deliverance is a one time event. The good news is His deliverance is timeless.
Much like the Gospel of Christ is not a one time experience but a timeless truth – God’s deliverance will be there each and every time.
Taken from joeybonifacio.com
Trying be strong for everyone is exhausting and stressful. Jesus, I turn to You for help. I don’t always have to be strong for everyone because I have You who is the true source of strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Ps. 18:2