Posted in Love

Love as I know it;

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails

#thesunshinethegain!©

Advertisements
Posted in change, Deligence, persistent, consistent

C-H-A-N-G-E

As life progresses, we often realize either through the words of others or through self-actualization that there are habits we need to change for the betterment of oneself or for those we love.

But like it is said; the first step to change is acceptance. Because change in itself is  difficult. Change takes time. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Change is like a seed planted in the soil. Realistically, I am certain you don’t wake up the next morning with the expectation of observing a full grown tree bearing fruits. So why then do you expect yourself to change and be done with that habit overnight?

Be patient with yourself. Prepare yourself mentally and understand you will fail and relapse severally, and that is okay. Accept and forgive yourself when you mess up and, don’t be hesitant or ashamed to start over. Change is a process—a gradual process. Change isn’t exponential (although it can be), but linear.

Like the seed planted underneath the soil, while you may think it is not growing because it is not obvious to the human eyes; it is. All the daily watering and nourishment going into the soil is preparing the seed for an uproot growth. The little progresses and adjustments you are making towards your fight to change will eventually add up someday to a greater change.

Whatever habit you have accepted to change, and whatever change you have agreed to work towards, I applaud you. The change will come. With perseverance and persistent you will surely one day get there. It may take days, weeks, months, years, but certainly not overnight. Slowly, but surely.

Be strong and courageous…don’t be discouraged (Joshua 1:9).

#thesunshinethagain©

Posted in faith, Love

Let Him have His way.

Let God have the way; allow Him in. Welcome Him and you’ll be amazed by the transformation that takes place.

Open up your heart and accept Him, He is patiently waiting to welcome you.

This is my desire (with Lyrics)

Matthew 6:33 reminds us to seek first the kingdom of God and ALL things you ask and desire will be given to you.

My hope is that this song of worship encourages you to keep building your relationship with Him no matter how challenging it gets because He is always available for you.

#thesunshinethagain

Posted in fear

Fear of the Unknown

One thing is certain: no one knows tomorrow. No one knows not what is going to happen within the next hour.

Because we are human, we have the limitation of not knowing what is to come. We can never know to the full extent the future, or be able to completely answer the question “what is next?” no matter how good of a planner we are.

We have all been a victim of planning and being 100% so certain of how an event in our life would unfold only to find out that life doesn’t always work out like we have planned. As a result, we allow fear to creep in and control our lives. Living in fear paralyzes our ability to live boldly and confidently. 

Moreover, God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind ~2 Timothy 1:7

The good news is: our creator knows. He knows what our tomorrow holds, and they are of good and not of evil (Jeremiah 29:11). Take comfort in knowing that though you may not know what your future holds, God knows. His plans for you are exceedingly and abundantly above all that you could ever ask for.

Live confidently and know that your confidence comes from God because as He is so are you.  God is not a fearful God and neither should you.

#thesushinethagain! ©

Posted in obedience

Fishers of Men.

Luke 5: 4-7

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

Here is a story, among many, that exemplifies the importance and reward that comes with obedience and simply listening. Simon, who has been fishing day and night, could have said “Lord there is nothing here, lets try another day.” But instead, he said “at thy word I will let down the net.” I’m sure there have been instances in life when God is telling us to do one thing, but with our limited understanding, we decide to do otherwise.

Simon, although a professional in what he does, listened. He did only as the Lord instructed Him so. They caught so much fish that the net broke and the ships (more than one) sank. It pays to listen. It pays to be obedient. Had Simon leaned on his own understanding instead of acknowledging God (Proverbs 3:5-6), he would not have caught as many fish as he did that night.

We can do all things through Christ. But we have to be ready and available to do that which He asks us to do. When we make ourselves available, He accomplishes for us that which no man can do.

When you put God and involve Him in all that you do, you will achieve (net breaking and boat sinking experience) exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond what you would ever achieve doing it alone.

There will be challenges, there will be storms, but He will be our Shepherd. He will be our guide.

#thesunshinethagain! ©

Posted in Deligence, persistent, consistent, Patience

Water your own plants

As it is now a new year; for many that means changing plans, creating new plans and ideas, makings amends where need be, fine-tuning certain areas of their lives, readjusting and redirecting their focus and energy, on and on the list goes.

Also for many, it only takes about two weeks into the new year to lose sight of the goals and plans they had set at the beginning of the new year. Maintaining the same energy from January first throughout the year is the challenge. Either laziness creeps in, or we begin to get distracted with things that shouldn’t be distracting us in the first place. Even, some start the comparison game and get discouraged when it is only two weeks into the year and their friends are already doing better than them.

Water your own plants. Pay no attention to what others are doing or not doing because their journey will never be your journey. Let this year be the year that you actually consciously and intentionally focus on yourself and achieve all the goals you set at the beginning of the year.

Aren’t you tired of setting goals and not accomplishing them? Aren’t you tired of always setting the same goals years after years after years? Allow yourself to make this year mark the beginning of change; no matter how little. You have within you the ability to make that change. You have within you the power to make that change.

Water your plants and it will grow. But you can’t keep neglecting it and still expect it to grow. Whatever “plants” represents for you: be it education, marriage, family, career, finance, etc. It needs your attention- take care of it, invest in it, and protect it. In due time, the seeds you planted will become a tree that bears fruits.

#thesunshinethagain! ©

Posted in faith, Worry

Had I not!

I seldom lose things, and the rare times that I do, I tend to find them easily by simply retracing my steps.

But this time, that wasn’t the case. I recently came back from a holiday visit, and upon my arrival my beloved bus pass has gone missing. I searched the same place three times as if it was going to miraculously reappear. I returned to my suit bag where I was 110% certain I left it: nothing. Every time I retraced my steps, it led me back to the same location; nothing still. Feeling a bit dismayed, I searched other places, and still nothing.

After the third time of searching, I decided to give it a rest. Moreover, I wasn’t going anywhere that required a bus pass. The next day, I searched again with less intensity, little-to-no worry, and more passively. After searching once, I accepted my fate that the bus pass is gone, and perhaps I truly have lost it and will never find it again.While I wasn’t worried, I was rather disappointed  because that meant I needed to purchase a new one.

On the third day, on my way out, I grabbed some change for the bus. Few steps out the door, my spirit told me to go back and grab my old bus pass. This old bus pass is my old school ID that allows one to ride the bus freely. But I had stop using it 8 months ago (and purchased the temporary bus pass that I lost) because it gets declined every time I try. But on this faithful day, before feeding the bus my change, I decided to swipe it first and to my surprise it works! It works! Now, I still have no reasonable explanation as to how it started working, but had I not lost my temporary bus pass I would have never discovered that my permanent ID works. Had I not lost my bus pass, I would have spend more money to buy yet another temporary one while my permanent one works.

I narrate this to say, often times, what we see as a loss is a gateway to greater discoveries and oppurtunities. Failing and losing is part of life, and you shouldn’t always react to them like it is the end of the world because it isn’t! It is in the midst of failure, that you tend to experience growth and progress. Failure helps you identify your weakness and redirect your focus. Also, worrying  never solves anything but distracts you and steers you further away from the solution. 

Let your spirit lead you.

#thesunshinethagain! ©