He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” (Acts 1:7-8 MSG)
The how, when and where of the anwers to our prayer is God’s business. On the other hand its our job to trust Him. Allow the holy spirit to give us patience, understanding (even its really confusing), hope (when it really seem hopeless) and increase our faith (even our circumstance makes it difficult for us to believe). Your situation right now will be your testimony tomorrow. Your trials today will become encouragement for others someday.
Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?” (Luke 24:32 MSG)
Constant communication with God is what sets our hearts on fire. It will keep on burning as he reveals His word for us everyday. When we are tired His word will spark a new strength, when confused His word will light up a new understanding, when frustrated God can fire up new hope in our heart. To remain in His presence, through prayer and devotion, will keep the fire in our heart.
Photo and Text by Duane Michals, below it reads:
"This photograph is my proof. There was that afternoon by the lake, when things were still good between us. And she lay her head on my shoulder and my arm round her and we were so happy. We looked upon a horizon full of love and possibilities. It did happen. She did love me. Look… see for yourself!"
Its amazing how this photo by Duane Michals pulls the right strings on me to feel in-love and sad at the same time. As romantic this photo at first glance, his caption below it puts me in a melancholic state for a while. He says its his “proof” that at one point in time he and his lady were so in love with each other. That there was time they know that the love they shared was true… this photo was his proof. A reminder that it really did happened. Maybe because no matter how many the happy times were, bad times can easily catch up with it and disregard the other. This photo just tells a lot of story in my head… you think so?
I will be forever grateful to a friend that gave me an opportunity to be part of their team as wedding photographer. Even before I always say that “I love weddings” maybe its the dressing up part, the food, the party, the tears, the laughs and the loving warmth in it that i like (aside from the thought that I will also have my special day someday!! *wink). And just by looking at this photo, as a proof of love, gave me a different perspective in taking wedding photos. The excitement and the thrill in our bride’s smile never fails to bring out the inner glow in her. And by that simple smile or wink from her, you will know she is in love. That love makes her glow and become even more beautiful than she can ever imagine. And every moment captured becomes their proof as well. Every frame as a bride or groom or as a couple becomes their proof that it was their happiest day being in love and loved.
There are so many moments in a wedding day, and I could only wish to capture all of it. But I will never stop trying. Because now I know that someday it will be their PROOF that it was a perfect day, a happy day, a lovely day that they vowed to be together in front of family and friends. Hopefully, when bad days come their proof of love will remind them why they should keep on fighting to be together. It did happen!
A confident woman refuses to live in fear. “I will not fear” is the only acceptable attitude we can have toward fear. That does not mean that we will never feel fear, but it does mean that we will not allow it to rule our decisions and actions. Fear is not from God; it is the devil’s tool to keep people from enjoying their lives and making progress.
Just let me share this to you. When I read it enjoying life and having fun in Christ was brought to a new light for me. God is a fun god, and having a relationship with Him is never dull or boring. How we live our life reflects how we view God…
Enjoy Your Life
By adminon Thu, 26 Jun 2014
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Enjoyment is in your spiritual DNA. God designed you that way. Often, how we view God is how we ourselves are in life. If you view Him as powerful, you’re probably a powerhouse. If you view Him as compassionate, you’re probably the one that would bring home lost animals on the street. If you view Him as merciful, you’re probably very loving and caring toward people. But what if you began to also view Him as exciting and fun? While we think we may know what fun is, God created it and He knows how to have it. When we get to heaven we will be surprised how fun and enjoyable it’s going to be. Can you imagine seeing Jesus laugh or trying out all of the awesome things your new glorified body can do? It’s going to be great! But we don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to enjoy life. We can enjoy it right now. Maybe your environment is a challenge and has you always on edge. Maybe you feel you can’t enjoy life because of the situations you are facing, but that’s why Jesus came. He came so that you can have life and life more abundantly. Enjoying life first comes from enjoying God. He’s the Source of Life within us that we can draw from constantly. He makes us smile in our time with Him, then we go and make others smile. He came so that He can express His life through us and cause us to be a breath of fresh air to someone, and a ray of hope in a world that doesn’t have hope. Don’t let the enemy spoil your party or make you miserable. Kick him out of your life, kick him out of your thoughts and decide that no matter what you’re facing, you’re going to enjoy the life God has given you. Laugh more. Explore more. Dream more. Give more. Live more. Enjoy your life!
Prayer: Father God, You are awesome! You have blessed me with life and I thank You. Help me enjoy it and live it to the full. Help me be a ray of sunshine and hope to someone. Help me brighten someone’s day and make someone smile. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.