According to the Bible, without faith, it is impossible to please God. So we need to have faith in God in order to please Him. The Bible said, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, that's why it's so important to go to church on Sundays and listen to the preaching of God's Word. We need also to read our Bible daily because that is where you will learn more about the Word of God. My faith in God didn't grow instantly. I had to undergo a lot of trials in life before my faith went deeper. God used those trials to mold me and transformed me into the person He wants me to be. When trouble comes into our lives, we sometimes feel as if we've been hit by a strong typhoon. We feel desperation and then we wonder. Why is this happening to me? One possibility is that God is using a painful experience to get our attention and to turn to Him and trust Him to help us. Is God using pain in your life to lovingly persuade you to change and deepen your faith in Him? Trials are not easy but if we let God work in our lives and completely trust in His Son Jesus, then new growth will result and our faith in God will go deeper.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. I've seen and experienced how God answered my prayers to Him. Many times in my life, I seek God for all the things concerning His will for me. I always go to Him in prayer. In the past, I prayed to the good Lord to give me the right man He wants me to have, a man who is a Christian and one who will love and accept me for who and what I am. God answered my prayers and He gave me my husband George. God answers prayers in 3 ways, yes, wait or no because He has something better for you. But whatever the answer is, we must always thank Him and praise Him. The Bible said, in everything give thanks, whether in bad times or in good times for it is the will of God. Through the years, I've developed my prayer life. I always talk to God and tell Him all my cares, my plans and everything that is within me. I really believe that when we pray, miracles happen.
The list of my answered prayers is too long and I will relate the rest in my next posts. But here's an incident that happened 2 years ago. My husband had been coughing and coughing and almost out of breath. The cough doesn't stop and his face was turning red already. I was worried, I didn't know what to do. He said he can hardly breath. Then I went to get my Bible and read to him Psalm 121. After reading, I laid my hands on him and by faith I prayed to God to heal my hubby. I claimed Jesus' promise in the Bible found in Mark 11:24, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them." I prayed intently and tears were running down my cheeks. Before I closed my prayer, I thanked God for healing George. That's faith, believing for the healing even it didn't happened yet. After I prayed, I told hubby that God has healed him and that he will be alright. I told him just believe. There was peace in my heart after I prayed and I went to eat my lunch. After a few hours my hubby was feeling okay and the cough subsided.
I asked him what caused his cough because before that he was alright and no cough. He told me that he took Celebrex, a prescription medicine with an empty stomach. I told him not to take those pills anymore and throw it away because it almost killed him. I remember that medicine has been so controversial in the past because of it's bad side effects. I just wonder why the FDA didn't pull it out from the market. I advised hubby to tell his doctor about the adverse effect of that pill. I was so thankful to Jesus for He is our Healer. He is the greatest physician and nothing is impossible to Him as long as you believe. Do you have any problem that you need God's help? Then go to Him in prayer my friend. Go to Jesus just as you are. Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you. He love you that much that even while we were yet sinners, He died on the cross for our sins. What a great love! To my readers I can be your prayer partner if you need one. Just let me know and I'll pray for you. Miracles happen when we pray.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Saturday afternoon we went to Robert and Shelly's house in Cleburne. They were working on their house because a pipe broked and wet their house. They were staying in a motel while the insurance is fixing their house. George and I spent Saturday night in their motel in Cleburne. We were supposed to go to Traders' Village in Grand Prairie Saturday afternoon but Shelly had to work until 3:00 PM so hubby decided that we will just go next time. Shelly is working now at Wal Mart, hubby's favorite store.
Robert and Shelly treated us for supper Saturday night. So five of us went to eat out, Robert, Shelly, Josh, hubby and me. They wanted to take us to Montana Grill in Grandbury because they have a huge chicken fried steak there but that restaurant was full of people. Chicken fried steak is hubby's favorite. We ended up eating in El Chico, a mexican restaurant in Grandbury. I ordered Poblano Chimichanga with Mexican rice and beans. It was good and yummy. Hubby ordered his favorite chicken fried steak of course. Well, after the main course, I was already full. No more room for dessert. Hubby ordered apple pie, Josh got cheesecake and Robert and Shelly got chocolate cake. I just tasted hubby's apple pie, it's too sweet for me. Hubby said it's good and he like it. After the meal, we were all so full, thanks to the Brownlees. We headed to Wal Mart and walked it off.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
My hubby and I got back tonight from our weekend break. Actually we went to visit the kids and grandkids in Alvarado and Cleburne. We had a good trip back and forth except when we reached I-35 in Fort Worth the traffic was bad. It was heavy traffic when we went last Friday and traffic again this afternoon. My hubby and I hate the traffic. It's good here in Wichita Falls, the traffic is not that bad. My hubby said that's the reason he left Fort Worth, the traffic. He was born and raised there but he preferred a quiet life and he doesn't like to live in a big and busy city like Fort Worth. He can't stand the traffic and that I understand. Well, I'll just post more tomorrow. I'm just tired right now. I'm glad I got a 2 day break from this computer.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
We had a blast last night at the church during the banquet. There were lots of good foods and it was catered. The fellowship hall was decorated with hawaiian motiff. Hubby and I enjoyed the foods and the fellowship. They served beef barbecue, sausage, coles law, potato salad, ham, beans, dinner rolls, pickles, ice cream and a lot of more which I can't remember. I didn't really eat that much, I got full easily. My hubby went to get 2nd serving. After eating, there was a program. Some of the church workers gave their testimonies. Some rendered special songs. There was also a skit that really made us laughed. Pastor Turner gave a message to wrap up the night's event. The program was hosted by Bro. Allen and Bro. Hugh. We had such a good time last night. I thought of sharing some of our photos taken at the banquet.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Did you ever marvel of how great and awesome our God is? Everyday of my life I can’t thank Him enough for all the things that He has done and all the things He’s going to do in my life. As I look back in the past, I remember my life before I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I had big dreams, like I wanted to finish my studies, find a good job to help my family and also get married and have a family of my own. I also wanted to get rich, have a nice house and go abroad. My parents have no riches to give us except our education. My mom passed away before I graduated in high school and my dad had no stable job but I thank God that we had a grandma who was so loving, generous and willing to support my education and also my siblings. I can say that I really did good in my studies because from elementary up to my high school years I was a consistent honor student. I wanted to prove something that even though I came from a poor family that I can be recognized in the school because of my achievements.
Then when I was in my college years, the Lord had began to deal with me. My great aunt had been inviting me to go to church with her but I always had an alibi not to go. Then I asked her to sew a blouse and dress for me because she was a dressmaker. She didn’t want to charge me but she just wanted me to go to church with her on Sunday so I went with her. I remember that I was even ashamed to carry my Bible. I went there a few times but my heart was hardened and not yet ready at that time to receive Jesus in my life. I just went there just to return the favor that my great aunt did for me. It was a few years that I went there on and off. Then they had this revival and I attended it and that was December 1987. I was touched by the message of the preacher and during the invitation, the Holy Spirit convicted me to go to the altar. My heart was pounding, then I walked my way in front of the altar. I knelt down and right there and then, I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was there at that moment that I realized that even though I have all the talent, intelligence, education and achievements in life, they are all void and meaningless if I don’t have Jesus in my heart. I realized that everything here on earth is just temporal and life without Jesus is void and empty. I thank God for He has waited on me. I was lost and He found me.
There has been a lot of trials and temptations in my life but I thank God because He used those trials to transform me from being a baby Christian to a mature Christian with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Being a Christian doesn’t mean that I will be free from all these things. The Scriptures tell us in 1 Cor. 10:13 that God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. Looking back now with all the trials I’ve been through, I’m amazed that God has been so faithful to carry me through. His grace is sufficient for me, because it’s when I am weak that I am strong because He is my strength. There were also times that I committed mistakes and sinned because as long as we are in this human flesh we tend to commit sin but I went to God and ask His forgiveness. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Our God is a loving God but he hates S-I-N. I thank God for He has given Jesus to die on the cross for my sins so I will be reconciled with Him.
I thank God for all the trials in my life because it increased my faith in Him. I thank God for He has changed me, my outlook and priorities in life. I thank God for the joy of my salvation. I thank God for I know that I’ll be with Him in heaven someday where there will be no more trials, no more sickness and no more tears. The Lord ain’t done with me yet. I believe He has more plans in my life and I asked Him to use me and my hubby to share the gospel to the lost. The Lord knows our hearts’ desire. We want to magnify the name of the Lord and serve Him all the days of our lives. Nothing can compare with the joy and peace that comes in serving God. God is awesome! God is great! No one else like Him.