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Friday, May 10, 2013

 

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A child of God is always welcomed home. ODB

Our personalities, our intelligence, and our capabilities are gifts from God's bountiful hand. If we divert their use for our own profit, we become guilty of selfishness. Billy Graham

Blessings are like hugs from God to let you know how much he loves you. Counting your blessings is hugging God back. May God embrace you today and all the days of your life.

Loving God is the key to loving others. ODB

Quoting James 1:9 is especially one giant guilt trip for me: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

-----> Happiness can't be found when you seek it for yourself. But when you give it to others, it will find its way back to you. That's the mystery of happiness. It grows when shared.

Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, for all the people you can, while you can.

Lord, grant me a heart of compassion so burdened for others' needs, that I will show your kindness in attitudes, words, and deeds.

-----> He who holds the stars in space holds his people in his hands. ODB

God measures the person with the tasks he puts on them, so when you feel your load is heavier than the others, be happy for God sees you stronger than the rest.

Or Deuteronomy 31:6: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you."

When we put our problems in God's hands, he puts his peace in our hearts. ODB

Love and obey the Lord everyday and he will unfold your future. ODB

----> Abundance is not what we gather but what we scatter; not what we keep but what we give away; not what we hold but what we share.

God's love is unchangeable. He knows exactly what we are and loves us anyway. Billy Graham

The language that God hears best is the silence language of love. St. John of the Cross

Our greatest privilege is to enjoy God's presence. ODB

Our work is to cast care; God's work is to take care. ODB

Life is filled with challenge which, applied creatively, is opportunity. Maxwell Maltz

All people are needed. Find your nichel take your place in the sunshine. Maxwell Maltz

Bring forth the best in everything you touch and everyone you meet, and you in turn will become better and better. Wally Amos

Even if your problem is as huge as the Titanic, God's love is as vast as the ocean.

----> We can sleep in peace when we remember that God is awake. ODB

When we fail to pray, we miss out on the source of peace, hope, and job. Zig Ziglar

To be under Christ's control is to have true freedom. ODB

Our greatest comfort is to know that God is in control. ODB

God is the repository of all happiness; and you can contact him in everyday life. Yet man mostly occupies himself in pursuits that lead to unhappiness. Paramahansa Oganandra

The weak, the helpless, and the discouraged are in the Shepherd's special care. ODB


Kindness and compassion have led more people to Christ than proclamation alone. ODB

Minsan si Lord tahimik. Minsan wala siya, hindi nakikinig. Natawag tayo sa kanya pero hindi siya sumasagot. Humingi tayo ng tulong pero di tayo tinulungan. Tinanong ko ang sarili ko, bakit Lord? Sa mga problema ko wala ka. Ngumiti siya at sinabing Hindi kita iniwan. Nais lang kitang panooring lumalaban gamit ang aking mga salita na nakatanim sa iyong puso at isip bilang iyong sandata. Lagi akong nasa tabi mo, mamalagi ka lang sa akin.

Man is great only when he is kneeling. Pope Pius XII

Sometimes nobody really cares if you are miserable. So you might as well be happy. If you can't solve the problem, it is not a problem, it's a reality. Life is good if Jesus is inside your heart.

We always wait for the right time, not knowing that each time is right. We keep looking forward for tomorrow, but really there's no better time to be happy but now! Happiness can't be found at the end of the road. It's the journey itself that matters.

Life is like a yoyo in the hand of God. No matter how frequent the ups and downs, you'll end up in the palm of His hand. If we commit ourselves to Christ and follow in His way, he will give us life that satisfies with purpose for each day.

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. Frederick Koenig

The next time you feel sorry for yourself over what you don't have, consider all that you have and thank the Lord.

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. Horace

No one in the world is pure and perfect. If you avoid people for their mistakes you will always be alone in this world. Judge less and love more.
You make your own day, make it special. Maxwell Maltz

They say: Find good people and leave bad ones. But I change it as: Find the good in people and ignore the bad in them. Because no one is perfect.


-------> God sometimes take us into troubled waters, not to drown us, but to cleanse us.

Following God has two requirements: believing and acting like you do. ODB

Ability can get you to the top, but it would take character to keep you there.

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

No one has ever been choked to death from swallowing his pride.

Seven days without a prayer makes one weak.

-----> When we get little, we want more. When we get more, we desire even more. But when we lose it, we realize little was enough.

Today think about how rich you are, your family and friends are priceless gifts, your time is gold, your health is wealth, and your God is the greatest treasure of all.

The kindness you give isn't always the same thing you get in return. Sometimes, it's more; sometimes, it's less; worst, sometimes you get none at all. But remember, God said, the one who willingly gives is always more blessed than the one who receives.

The finest fruit of a good person is his acts of love and kindness done toward others. These thoughtful gestures are tiny seeds when sowed, miracles happen, smiles appear, dreams blossom, love takes root and grow. We obtain happiness for every small or big thing we do with great love.

Lord God, give us the humility which realizes ignorance, admits mistakes, recognizes need, welcomes advice, accepts rebuke. Help us to praise and not to criticize, to sympathize and not to discourage, to build and not to destroy, to think of people at their best rather than at their worst.

We always wait for the right time, not knowing that each time is right. We keep looking forward for tomorrow but really, there's no better time to be happy but now. Happiness can't be found at the end of the road. It's the journey itself that matters.

Everyday is always a challenge to us. It's not about being wealthy, healthy, popular, or being perfect. It's about being a real person, humble, strong, and being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others with love as well. Let God be the center of our living.

Those who joyfully leave everything in God's hand will eventually see God's hand in everything.

Worries end where faith begins.

Don't run ahead of God. Let Him direct your steps. He has plans and he has his own time. God's clock is never one minute early or late. It always strikes right on time.



God is the author of life. He is the reason why things are allowed to happen. He holds destiny. He knows when. He knows why. He knows you perfectly. He made you. So when your life is all mixed up and things get heavier, trust him. He makes all things beautiful in his time.

----> Even when life seems empty of comfort and joy, it is when our cups are empty that God fill them up.

Real happiness comes not on achieving big things but enjoying simple blessings.

We are admonished
 not to miss the graces of God so that we won't take up bitterness as a response to life's pain. "See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and define many." Heb. 12:15

"Give us, Lord, a humble, quiet, peaceable, patient, tender and charitable
mind, and in all our thoughts, words and deeds a taste of the Holy Spirit. Give us, Lord, a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, and love of you. Take from us all lukewarmness in meditation, dullness in prayer. Give us fervor and delight in thinking of you and your grace, your tender compassion towards me. The things we pray for, good Lord, give us grace to labor for: through Jesus Christ our Lord." Prayer of St. Thomas More


Strong people are given much trials and heartaches because it is believed that they can overcome such pain, that they are brave. But sometimes we get so tired that we just want to scream and give up. When that certain time comes that you can no longer walk on your own, God helps you carry your pain. For as long as God is here, giving up is never a choice.

------> Everyday we have much to be thankful for. We may not have everything, but at least we never had nothing.

Never use your failure yesterday as an excuse for not trying again today. We may not undo the damage but we can always make a new start. Learn to suffer but never learn to surrender.


When God is trying to move us from one level to the next, we almost always have to be separated from something that we are strongly attached to. You can't go where you want to go and stay where you are. But keep in mind that whatever God is asking you to give up and go through, He will give up and go through, he will give you the strength to handle.


Takpan ka man ng dumptruck sa problema, itulak ka man ng bulldozer sa discouragement, bungkalin ka man ng backhoe sa kapighatian, dikdikin ka man ng pison sa sobrang hirap, huwag kang mag-alala kasi ang lahat ng ito ay proseso lamang para gumanda ang highway ng buhay mo. Your life is under construction and the architect is God.

Thank you Lord for the tiny flashes of joy during our dark days, for loving faces and encouraging words. Thank you for surprising us with answered prayers when we least expect them, for the wonder and beauty around us, for the peace that calm our souls and the hope when we have none of our own.


God's timing is always right. He will do what is best in the right time. Though you hear nothing, he is speaking. Though you see nothing, he is acting. With God, there are no accidents. Every incident is intended to bring us closer to Him.

The greater the sacrifice, the greater the triumph.

Symptoms of inner peace: frequent attacks of smiling, frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation, loss of interest in judging other people and their actions, loss of ability to worry, tendency to act based on hope rather than fear, ability to enjoy each moment, tendency to let thing happen, susceptibility to give and receive love. If symptoms persist, continue and give thanks to the Lord who is the great Author.

Seek God in your hunger, he is your bread. Seek him in your anger, he is your peace. Seek Him in your thirst, he is your living water. Seek him in your need, he is your provider. Seek him always, he is your great reward. Seek him every moment everyday, he is your happiest discovery.




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