Monday, January 19, 2009

Jevohah Rapha - God Heals

For the past several months, I came across different types of people that in a long run became my good friends. Some stayed, some went away. I had a friend that I’ve known for a year now, however she’s not talking to me anymore. She got cancer. As a friend, I comforted her saying all things work for good. Trust God and have faith. He is miraculous that He will heal you. Sad to say, she rejected it and chose to stop talking to me. 

Jesus Christ made the lame to walk again (Luke 5:17-25), blind to see (John 9:1-7), and raise the dead (John 11). These were just few of the miracles Jesus Christ performed in this world when He was here. My point is, these people faithfully believed that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can heal them and they were healed.

Base on my personal experience in life, my father committed suicide when I was small. He’s in the Intensive Care Unit for several weeks that we never knew anytime he will pass away. My family and friends wept and prayed for God’s miraculous healing. After 2 months my father survived from that near death experience. He survived because we prayed, we believed, there was faith. To tell you, that was the over all change in our family’s lives. We became Christians. 

The Bible promised us in Hebrews 13:5 that “…I will never leave the, nor forsake thee.” God is a great God. He is a healing God. In God nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37). Lean on His promises – promises that never fail. God is always in control.

Think about it. Why not pause for a prayer and ask God for forgiveness, accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Pray for healing. Whatever you feel, whatever sickness is in you, have faith. Exodus 15:26 says “I am Jehovah who heals you” both body and soul, In body, by preserving from diseases, and by curing then when afflicted with them and in soul, by pardoning their iniquities. Jehovah-Rapha (The Lord Who Heals).

A song of healing by Don Moen – Heal Me O Lord. Have time to listen. God bless you and heal you.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Another Year of Service

“What you are is God’s gift to you; what you do with yourself is your gift to God”
Danish Proverb

It’s New Year. My church annually nominates new sets of officers for each group, in my case, Young People’s group. I’ve been an officer for quite sometimes in this group. It’s not that I don’t want to serve God anymore, I told my siblings in Christ not to nominate me and give way to new potential leaders. They asked why. I told them, it’s time for a new set of faces in the office - new sets of people to be use by God. As what I’ve asked them, I am not part of the new set of the officers anymore.

Our new president, an 19 year-old guy, asked why me in a low tone of voice like his in doubt if he can manage to be the president of the group. Suddenly, a preachy me came into action saying something. God gave as talents that we can use for service –for Him. Some are in born. Some need to be discovered. I told our new president that “It’s time to shine. Let God use you this year. I know it’s quite intimidating to be a president without any experience but God doesn’t look on our resume or our degree for us to serve Him. He wants our best, the willingness to serve, despite of our shortcomings.

Discover what talents and abilities you have to be use for God’s glory. You will never know what you’re good at until you try. Let God use you this year. 2 Timothy 2:15 says “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

God is using me now and I want Him to use more of my abilities and capabilities this year and the years to come. What about you? How can you make the best use of what God has given you?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Farewell Fruitful 2008. Welcome Prosperous 2009.

Two thousand eight (2008) has been a fruitful year for me. My heart is full of thanksgiving as to what the Lord has done in me. In connection, my first blog for 2009 is all about the blessings I received for the past year. I will cite the eight (8) major highlights of all the blessings I received that made 2008 extraordinary for me.

The first thing I want to thank God last year was the blessing to pass the December 2007 Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination released February of 2008. The night before the result was released I prayed to God that He had supplied my needs for four years in college that I knew He would make me pass. Human as I am the fear of failing was there, though. I prayed just to pass it be it 75% for a general average I would not mind. God was so good. He let me passed and the good thing was, I passed with satisfactory grade. My comforting song during that worrying and bloodcurdling night was “He never sleeps” by Don Moen. (You can found this song in the player I have in my sidebar below.) I played the song for hours while crying and praying to pass. The lesson I learned, as the Bible says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things just be added unto you” Matthew 6:33. The verse is true and God’s promises will always be true.

Next to my list for my thanksgiving for the last year, I fell in love for the first time. I don’t want to talk about it but for the sake of the blog I will talk it over a little. I fell in love with an unbeliever. I struggled to keep the relationship; however, it ended up a failure. Until then I appreciate my pastor’s advice regarding the Bible verse about equally yoking with the unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14). My first was a failure; nevertheless, it’s with a purpose.

The succeeding blessing, the third I suppose; another year to serve God through Vacation Bible School (VBS), 5 days of classes pointing to God’s goodness. It was my first time to be a VBS Music Teacher. It was a big challenge for me, the fact, that I have this stage fright. What motivates me to do so was the opportunity to serve God through the message of the songs and the voices of the children singing for the Lord. I love kids – the reason why I enjoyed it. An opportunity to serve God is a blessing too.

June. It’s been a year since I’ve seen my father that time. God is really good for using somebody just for His will to push through. My aunt invited me and my mother to visit their place where my father is working for them. Tears of joy and sadness stir together when I saw my father. No matter what, that’s a blessing, a wonderful one to thank God.

August. Out of desperation of failing the interview I had with the manager of a Korean Academy in my place I resolved to volunteer my service as an oncology nurse in one of the hospitals in my place. I did not experience any difficulty applying for that position. The head nurse just scanned my papers and said I can start that date. Well, another blessing to thank. I was the last person who got the last slot.

September. Funny thing happened. Surprisingly, I passed the exam and the interview with the Korean Academy I applied last August. I jumped for joy that I made it. I was trained together with my batch mates things that I don’t know. It was another learning experience that I never expected to happen. It’s a blessing to thank God.

My second to the last thanksgiving, 5th day of November, I had in my hand the white card with my picture and of course my name and the title nurse. I am talking about my license card as a nurse of my country. It’s a double celebration because that day I was celebrating my 22nd birthday anniversary. No party was prepared but handling my license was the greatest present I had received.

To wrap up my last and the most important thing I want to thank God for the last year, is the opportunity to serve Him. The eternal life He gave me that I will always keep. I can’t have those things I’ve mentioned above without a life obviously. God has been good in my life for the past years and unquestionably will be good for the years to come.

No Blog. My Bad

So rude of me! I haven’t posted a single blog for 7 months. I have several reasons I can explain why this thing happened but some of my reasons are not so valid but still I will acknowledge.

First, my heart was awaken in the middle of nowhere but sad to say it’s with the wrong guy. It didn’t last long that therefore I can settle to an idea that God is protecting me from the worst part that might happen. Yes, I was brokenhearted but as what the Bible says “All things work together for GOOD to those who love God.” Romans 8:28. I am a daughter of God. I don’t deserve someone that is an enemy of God. I know it sounds so witless but in this life we can say we don’t really decide in sound mind all the time.

In addition, I lost my internet connection at home. The cost of the monthly fee was out of my budget those times so it needed to be cut off. Other reasons were, I was busy processing my Board Exam Rating and my license card as a nurse, looking for a job until I got hired and a lot more. I hope my justifications are reasonable and acceptable.