Stars and Possibilities

For where there is darkness, Light leadeth. Light seen, Light unseen, Light that leadeth.For where there is darkness, Light leadeth. Light seen, Light unseen, Light that leadeth.

May You help me to let go, give off my light and what I have, and be a light to a dark canvass. Help me be a star, my God, as often as You want. Amen.
For where there is darkness, Light leadeth. Light seen, Light unseen, Light who leadeth. For where there is darkness, Light leadeth. 

 

Again, I heard that familiar voice say “My child, let go.”

Drop the bag. I was holding on to it tightly the first time I heard God clearly say let go. God then was telling me in a dream to drop my bag containing syringes.  But it was not just about my career path, it was also about letting go of my pride, of my old self. It was also His way of saying You have to surrender yourself to Me.  Submission was one of God’s pre-requisites for me to take the course of  Mission.

’23 Then he [Jesus] said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” ‘-Luke 9:23

“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” -2 Corinthians 5:17

Another dream ended with the scenario wherein I did not say a word nor act in opposition to someone walking away, but I knew that I just had to let go. It was also a hint of a  struggle that I was about to face, though I did not fully grasp its complexity until the time that it had to happen. God taught me the lesson of waiting upon Him- depending and focusing on Him above all as my First Love and leaving in His hands the right timing for everything.

“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

Last month, again, He said that specific instruction. I thought to myself “It has only been months. Is it really time?” The ministries have always been from, by, of, and for God. The challenge for me was to decrease while allowing others to increase.  If I were to leave, I should allow God to prepare His people for my absence. God has to increase; I have to decrease.

“29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He [Jesus] must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3: 29-30

Just about two weeks ago, while praying, a picture of a fountain flashed, and  it was as if the droplets of water splashed towards me that moment, even though the fountain I had in mind was at a distance. That instance I felt touched, important, and refreshed.  God wanted the love to abound so others may feel it-even those people not close to you, people you do not know, people you might never get the chance to know intimately, and people literally far from you -long to be gracious even to that person you have not seen or talked for quite some time.

“12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:12

God wanted His love to overflow abundantly without any hindrance. In response, I said “I do not know how.”  I just knew He said, just trust Me like before – Keep that faith in Me, have your hopes high, and love. It is with the latter word that a certain phrase spoke to my heart –forgive and forget. 

“4 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.”- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

When a friend, during one of our conversations regarding this matter, said “release it,” it spoke to my heart as “My child, let go.” From then I felt  the heavy shackles  lost its grip on me, slowly paving way for love to abound unhindered. Letting go is recognizing that only God can deeply search our hearts and know our thoughts. Letting go for me also meant that I may not exactly understand the pain, the circumstances which are painful  and the choices that led to pain,  but I will trust and obey.

Then I was reminded by God about the story of Jesus  Walking on the Water ( Matthew 13: 22-36).

To my heart, Jesus spoke: When I asked you to step out of your boat and walk with Me on the water, you did not understand how to do it but you took the privilege to walk with Me. Like Peter, you doubted. You doubted yourself often, but you placed your confidence in Me.

In a devotion I wrote entitled “Out of the Boat,” I used the story to talk about  responding to the call of God, even if it requires stepping out of our boats, letting go of our comfort zones, familiar places and things we used to do with the people we used to be around with. When we respond to God’s call, we will experience how it is to walk by faith in obedience, with eyes focused on Jesus. God will not leave us no matter how deep and harsh the ocean of doubt and  how strong the winds can get.

Letting go is like the stars at night. They shine brightly because darkness surrounds them. They have been always up there but they are more beautiful and much appreciated when they sparkle and give light to a dark blanket. When you know that a certain part of your life is getting blurry or dim, perhaps there are things that you needed to let go of, perhaps it is time to give off your light. By God’s leading, shine and be expended.

Letting go is like the stars and the possibilities. They are too numerous to count and understand. But the good news is we do not have to count all the stars to experience their beauty and we do not have to know all the possibilities ahead of us to take the first step of walking in obedience to God.  We may be required to let go more than once, and too often it would be painful,  but as long as we have God and we continue to pursue an intimate walk with Him, we will go through the process of stepping out of the boat wonderfully –we need not to count how many times should we have to do it  or know everything that lies ahead.

A journey is more amazing when we give up something for the Lord, allowing Him to give us with everything that we need and nothing but the best. By the grace of God, we can leave our boats and walk with Jesus on the water. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can persevere in obedience.

My God,  have Your way.

By Your grace, I am letting go.

Pol /J.P.T. Ventura

But he [Christ] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

-2 Corinthians 12: 9

Awe out of Love

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A Special Sunshine came through my window; illuminated my whole heart and soul; took away what is putting my heart to death; breathed life into my dry bones; brought humility and thousands of miracles; looked into my eyes with mercy; multiplied the rays of  faith, hope, and LOVE; fulfilled promises and answered my prayers sunrise after sunrise; warmed the vineyard to bear good fruits; stayed and never left. God is Love, my Awesome Sunshine. 

I marveled at the sunshine, and I thought that it is good that every once in a while, we find time, or shall I say, we are caught by time, and just spend it by appreciating the goodness of God in our lives.

“We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

I have never lived until I have loved, and have never comprehended nor learned to contemplate God’s majesty until He revealed His good works and His words became a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet.  So to You, my Lord and Savior, the Lover of my Soul, in thanksgiving, I sing this song, I Stand in Awe of You (by Hillsong):

You are beautiful beyond description,
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful for comprehension,
Like nothing ever seen or heard.
Who can grasp your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of your love?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Majesty enthroned above.

And I stand, I stand in awe of you.
I stand, I stand in awe of you.
Holy God, to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of you.

You are beautiful beyond description,
Yet God crushed You for my sin,
In agony and deep affliction,
Cut off that I might enter in.
Who can grasp such tender compassion?
Who can fathom this mercy so free?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Lamb of God, Who died for me.

Look around and inside of yourself, whatever goodness you find, believe that it is from a good God who wants you to be better and who wants you to experience His best. Once you acknowledge that your life is from God and for God, that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, allow His love to fill and transform you and submit to His Lordship every step of the way. Out of awe, you may look back, and when you do, you will be in awe again. God is indeed God!

Look around and inside of yourself, whatever goodness you find, believe that it is for a good God who wants you to use whatever goodness you have found to help others become better so they, too, may experience God’s best. Once you acknowledge that every blessing that is from God is  meant to be passed on, do not be afraid to be empty for God will always be  faithful to fill you.  Have your hopes up high in serving others, always keeping the faith on our God who called you to be merciful and gracious.  Obedience leads to further blessings, including overcoming obstacles that you cannot conquer on your own. It is amazing how giving what you have will make you grow with God. So out of awe, you may look back, and when you do, you will be in awe again. God is indeed God!

But more importantly, as we search, we should make sure that our eyes are on God. For it is God who will guide us. It is always by His grace that we are able to see lights in and out of us that are from Him.  The relationship that we have now  with God needs nurturing. The priority is to deepen our relationship with God, through constant communication-hearing God and talking to God, that we may trust and abide,  that our eyes may seek more goodness and that our hearts may bear of good fruits. So out of  His love, we will stand in awe of Him. You may look back, and when you do, you will be in awe again. God is indeed God!

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

-Lamentations 3: 22-24

Praise be to God who melts and molds a candle like me, over and over again, so I may shine His light, for His purpose and glory, only for His purpose and glory.

Praise be to God who allows each and every one of us to experience His love with its mercy and faithfulness.

May we always strive to love God, first and intimately.

Our good God wants a relationship with you. He longs to listen to you. He longs to speak to you. He longs to be gracious to you.   He is inviting you to be one with Him in spreading His light, His love, the Gospel, the good works. Will you join Him? Will you dance in obedience to Him? I pray that you Trust Him. He is faithful to teach the dance steps. You will definitely be in awe! I am…again.

Heart,

Pol

J.P.T.  Ventura

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8: 1;9 (NIV)

When God Says GO…

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The ‘GO’ signal. What if you feel like you already have the ‘GO’ signal but then you see not exactly a road to travel, or just ‘the road’ as the single option to travel? What if you are given a body of water on the other side in which you might want to swim into, and a view of the mountains you might want to consider exploring? What if the ‘GO’ signal is testing your obedience to patiently WAIT?

I read about the story of the The Shunammite’s Son Restored to Life  ( 2 Kings 4: 8-36).  The Shunammite did not demand for a son but  Elisha, wanting to repay her kindness, prophesied that she will  give birth. Although she objected at first, what was told of her came into reality the next year. One day, her son got sick and died, and the woman rushed to Elisha saying “Did I ask you for a son, my lord? Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”  Elisha, after the failure of his servant to heal the boy, went to the woman’s house himself, shut the door of the room from the woman and the servant, then took time to pray and heal the boy.

God revealed this to me months ago when I prayed for a story to hold on about waiting. Now, the story is again on my mind. At this particular time, somehow, I see myself as the Shunammite, who at one point, did not demand for a son but has been given the chance to conceive and prepare to become a mother. Like the Shunammite, we honor God and want to do great things for His glory. Thus, God gave us a son – this opportunity to go to mission.  Being called to participate in the Interview and Discernment Days made our hopes up high.  I would want to view the death of the son of course as not an end to our opportunity, but as just a period of waiting in which like the Shunammite, we may have to deal with our faith and strive to persevere. But as our hopes are anchored on God, we will not be shaken. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19). Our fears and doubts cannot enslave us.

“4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,    being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. “

-Philippians 1: 4-6

In the story, the woman waited on two occasions for healing to take place: during the healing of the servant and the healing of Elisha. Having encountered some disappointments after the failure of the  first healing, and with Elisha shutting the door as he spends time with the boy, I thought that God took time to heal the boy as He also took time to prepare the Shunammite to become a better mother. God has been preparing not only our future mission, but also us to handle the greater blessings ahead and the responsibilities that come with these. The next time we take hold of our child, mission, we are more ready and certain that we really want to have it for God’s glory.  Preparing for a two-year mission exposure is something big for a first-timer like me. While in this period of waiting, there are days when I cannot exactly tell what is wrong with me or what went wrong during the day. I just know that God wants to say something to me, something that I need to deal with. And so, I pray (Psalm 139: 23-24), and He would patiently reveal what is troubling my heart and would lead me to overcome it.

“23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. “

– Psalm 139: 23-24

The passage also talks about a change on the part of the Shunammite, from being childless to being a mother. For some of you, this might not be your first to go to a mission trip, but there has to be something different about this one, something that will bring about another wave of adjustment and changes to you and to the people you will be working with.  Waiting upon the Lord, pursuing intimacy with Him as we wait,  will strengthen us and equip us for the changes ahead. It will enable us to go to mission with a power that is from our good Lord that we might always persevere, continue to love no matter what, and do greater things for  His glory despite challenges.

“31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ” – Isaiah 40:31

When God gives us the ‘go’ signal, the blessing to do greater things for Him, we hope, pray, and wait for His best. And as we do these, I believe that God is anointing our hands now to be an extension of His.

In God’s time, by God’s grace, we shall all meet with our God-given healthy children, God’s mission assignments for us. 😉

Glory be to God for the great things that He has already done in us in preparation for our mission! I hope and pray for God to reveal more of His personal message to each of us as we meditate on His Words.

♥ Looking forward to seeing you all in person ♥

Heart,

Pol

J.P.T.  Ventura

(For Oklahoma YAMS 2013 Devotional)

25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 

– Romans 8:25

Independently Dependent, Finally!

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A Sense of Dependence on the Holy Spirit makes me JOYFUL, COMPLETE, and INDEPENDENT!

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I prayed for a counselor; God said He has Peace. I prayed for a mentor; God showered me His Wisdom. I prayed for direction; God increased my Faith to walk further. I prayed for time to be on my side; God gave me an overwhelming Hope about the future. I prayed that my heart may learn to trust Him faithfully; God sent delays and the Grace to Wait. I prayed that people would understand my limitations; God allowed me to build the Courage to step-up. I prayed for God to be patient with me always, and He just amazingly fills my heart with so much Love.

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Six months ago, I told a friend about a dream ( The Road Ahead ) . My friend encouraged me to look back in my life and think about how God was telling me where my heart should be. To think of the times when God would redirect the path that I was traveling to something else. To evaluate the things that I have done in the past, if during those times I felt fulfilled and happy, or if I felt like something was lacking.

For weeks now, I have to somehow go back to those same questions again. It is easier this time around.  Those six months that has passed seemed to have given me years of intimacy with God. With every day comes  a refining process and I felt that God was at work in me for more than twenty-four hours a day. God cleared my way and allowed me to focus on Him primarily.

The clearing process was not pain-free. The pain was awesome that it made me feel human, imperfect and powerless without God. I remember a quote by S.F. Fitzgerald saying ” Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” Are tragedies necessary for heroes to emerge? Maybe, because every hero has got to have at least one tragedy that he overcame  successfully that made him a hero or that contributed to his heroic skills. Do we need a tragedy to search for a hero? Maybe, because when everything is beautiful and well, we may not feel the need for someone greater than us to depend on.

Putting God first place in my heart means being certain that everyone and everything that I value will only take the second place. Pruning had to be done every now and then, as if the pruning that I had gone through was not enough. To which my pride was connected with had to be cut off. I had to make sure that I would not do things for egocentric reasons. Relationships with whom I felt dependent to the most had to be severed. I had to be reminded that I should not focus and depend primarily on the channels of God but on God Himself.

With my human mind, six months is such a short period to prepare for a shift. I felt like time was in a hurry to give me everything that I needed, to take a certain step in my life. Yet indeed God’s wisdom has no limitations and His timing is always precise. By God’s grace, I was able to accomplish and submit my application before the deadline. Now I know the purpose why I had to go through  those months exactly how I went through it. Finally, I could look at the future and not insist on my plans.

Only God knows if I will be accepted or not, but then again I just know that I have to go through this process. I believe that when God impresses something in our hearts, it does not necessarily mean that our expectations are met. God leads the way, but what we see is not necessarily what our destiny is. My vision alone is limited; but my faith says God’s best is on the way and His favor is going to breathe into my direction. Becoming open to any possibility other than what I believe God has instilled in me does not mean that I do not trust Him enough. I certainly trust Him now more than ever. It just means that I am putting Him out of my box to do things His way. I cannot put a limit to God’s power. I know that God will be true to His promises and He got it all figured out. As I become more dependent on God, I become more independent of myself, even of my own human thinking.

I would always say ” I am just a child, I have just started the journey, I ain’t got it.”  Then God would always remind me to depend on Him and to let Him be involved in my life. He was like saying ” Of course you ain’t got it; you can’t do anything apart from me; you need me; remain in Me and let Me remain in you; I know when you are ready;  so work that I may be seen, not you.”

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”  – Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

I am no hero. I was, in fact, the tragedy. I cannot stand alone. Yet, by accepting, trusting and obeying Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit of God in our inner being has the power to fill us with many good things for the glory of God. God, awesome as He is, is no ordinary hero; He saves with or without a tragedy.

I hope and pray for more revelation, for more transformation and discernment. I also pray that we may always pray by the Spirit.

Thank you to all of you who are keeping me in your prayers. Thank you to all my friends who encouraged and mentored me. May God bless you more as the Holy Spirit works in you and through you. May the Holy Spirit empower us more to know God more intimately, keep the faith that relies on God, and spread God’s Love in everything that we do and express.

With the sense of dependence on the Holy Spirit, we shall all persevere and bear good fruits. May God’s will and goodness be magnified in our lives always!

Heart,

Pol

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But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

– Jeremiah 1:7-8 (NIV)

Time Forgets What I Cannot

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." - Helen KellerI cannot see nor touch time, but I can feel it with my heart. So are memories. So is love. So is God.  Always with the heart that they become the best and the most beautiful. Without the heart, even the most awesome roller coaster in the world will not give you the slightest thrill.  (Pol, Jan. 3, 2013)

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
I cannot see nor touch time, but I can feel it with my heart. So are memories. So is love. So is God. Always with the heart that they become the best and the most beautiful. Without the heart, even the most awesome roller coaster in the world will not give you the slightest thrill. (Pol, Jan. 3, 2013)

“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

When time move forwards, and so do our feet, I wonder, how many times should we leave our hearts where we love, and cry over goodbyes? Must be all the time for a great lover.

How many times should we wish to stay longer or forever, bargain for an hour to turn into months so we can love more, until the last second that we have to go? Must be all time too. In my case, bargaining always precedes acceptance.

But I wonder even more, how many times should we choose to go back to, or at least visit our many homes? I heard great lovers never forget, but, sometimes, time is not just always on our side, so perhaps not all the time.  Sometimes, the hope is there even before we leave, but we just cannot tell. Sometimes, we desire to make time and remember to go back but we just cannot.

So I say to myself,  it is time who forgets for it is time who does not allow. Time forgets what I cannot – memories, love, people and circumstances God used to channel His love, and everything beautiful that I felt with the heart.

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago”-Psalm 77:11 (NIV)

I choose to feel God’s miracles in my life with the heart, and I choose to remember those victorious moments. I will always cherish everything that I have gone through, with the people whom God chose to be in such circumstances, to transform me to the person I am today.  I choose not to dwell on the times when I felt cheated or disappointed by time, but on the times when I felt God’s hands were at work, when He placed the many significant people and events in my life during those rough times, when everything including time seemed so perfect and magical, when time made the impossible possible.

This is life. As I always believed in, life is full of unpredictable paths, periods of waiting, perfect timings, and an ultimate happy ending.  We cannot do all the things we want, or decide when we want things to happen exactly, simply because we are not gods.  God’s time is the best time.

Time may not be always on our side, but God is with us always. We just have to trust God, because we love Him, to do things in our lives His way- His will, His purpose, His time, for His glory, and through His choice of people and circumstances.

By the way, this is also my blog’s way of saying belated Happy New Year and forget not the years before!

Kudos to the many beautiful homes ahead of us! God bless us as we love more!

Heart,

Pol

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Perseverance by the Shore

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When Pauses Draw You Nearer. Sometimes, I keep my eyes too much on many goals or  I get distracted by life’s worries that I forget how it is to walk towards those goals and why I have been pressing onward in the first place. But I would rather feel troubled than not being trialed at all. Sometimes, it is when I feel a road block that I know I have to check my journey with God; it is when I feel Him that I persevere; it is when I persevere that my faith may increase; and it is when my faith is increased that God can do greater things in me and through me. So while my eyes are on sailing across the sea, I have to persevere by the shore knowing that even if I will not go any nearer to the water for now or at all, I am walking with Him more intimately. (Pol, December 18, 2012 at Ilocos Norte).

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?

Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.

Psalm 6: 2-4

Oftentimes, things happen in our lives and we cannot help but throw many questions. Perhaps, it is the instinct of our human minds to look for answers, especially when we feel that it is the only way to solve our problems. ‘ No answers, no solutions,’ one might think. Or perhaps, being in control gives us a sense of security. ‘No answers, no peace,’ one might reason out.

The answers, however, to the many questions I have in mind which may be brought about by mere curiosity or  by trials, may not be the answers I am expecting or that I am prepared to face. As the ways of the Lord are higher than mine, my mind may not fathom all of His plans. Answers are not the keys to victory nor peace. God is the key. Likewise, the absence of answers does not equate to failure.

Perhaps, our questions may not even be the right ones. Sometimes, we just want to ask ” How long, Lord, how long?” and move on from the things that distract us as quickly as possible. But it does not work this way. The test of faith builds character that may hopefully reflect the One who Loves us, and this will not happen overnight. Jesus set an example when he died for God’s Love to be revealed. He prayed to the Father in Gethsemane, before being arrested (Matthew 26: 39;42) “,My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” and “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” He succumbed to the will of God, suffered for many days, and persevered to save us.

My Shore

I went to schools which were accessible to home, except when I studied in a University, and basically knew only one jeepney route until I reached college. Workplaces outside the city are always at the bottom of my list. When asked to go somewhere I was not familiar with, I would just take a cab and took no chances of getting lost. Figuring out directions is not my forte so I have not traveled a lot alone. Or perhaps, it is the other way around. Wandering away from home was never my strong suit.

So will someone like me be able to leave my comfort zone? I cannot tell. I am curious though. What is it like living a life that you have never tried or imagined before? What is it like to meet and serve people not your own race? What if I take my dreams seriously now? How will God use me further to glorify His name?

Curiosity leads me to question; but it is the birth of the desire that leads me to action.

Will I be able to leave my comfort zone? I still cannot tell. I have the desire though.

One of these days, I might stumble again and take time to sit. Trials, often accompanied by pain, will get me into thinking: “What does God want from me?” I am led to believe that challenges in life are God’s sweet languages, His endearments. Challenges are necessary so I may get into where I should be and be who I should be.  And so as I wait, not for the exact answers to my questions, but for how God will work in me and through me, as I uncover His truths and be nearer to Him, I will persevere no matter what. After all, a walk of faith, is a walk with God –  He whose ways are higher than mine.

His ways shall draw me nearer. While on the shore,  His Love shall allow me to wait. Whatever it is that will be thrown along the way, as long as I am walking with God, I will persevere – be forever hopeful, be faithfully loving.

…from afar I can see the waves which are seemingly crashing oh-so-hard against the gentle shore of mine…challenging…inviting…

Heart,

Pol

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.                              -James 1:2-4 (NIV)

27 Years in God’s Hands

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To love-a-lot bear,

As we celebrate our birthdays this month, I think about how God has been faithful in our lives. I think about how gracious He is that He has allowed me to stay in the country to meet angels, including you.  You certainly made a difference in my life and I thank you, once again, for being a channel of God’s blessings to me. Thank you for also being faithful to me and my struggles in life, for dancing with me in the rain, especially when I feel that the flood is too much to bear alone.

I am immensely happy that this year, you have finally responded to one of God’s calling to you. I see your  fulfillment as I browse your pictures. With you in His hands, I know that He will continue to give you the strength to endure every sunset without being near to the people close to your heart, that His joy will always fill every sunrise as you serve Him and His people, that His comfort will always make your heart still despite the uncertainties and distractions that life has to offer, and that His healing will be upon you in His own perfect time.

Thank you for glorifying God with your life. Thank you for soaking in the rain and still managing to be a blessing to others. God be praised for the works of your hands and for your burning passion to seek Him more and to do more for Him everyday. For the lives that have been transformed and that are about to be transformed through your good works, thank you.  For the lessons, the encouragement, the guidance and the LOVE, thank you.

Twenty seven years in God’s hands taught us to walk by faith.  Continue walking with that faith that relies on Him. Continue loving as you live. Continue dancing. God bless you and your loved ones more!

Cheers to our friendship! Cheers to the road that we have been traveling together! Cheers to our Almighty God!

Love,

Twinkle Bear

For we live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)