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When Jesus say Yes, Nobody can say No


What I learnt today...

Yesterday was a little bit of a stressful day for me.

My 4 year-old daughter went for an interview at the primary school (Private English Medium) where we would like her to start schooling next year. She will only go to "reception", standard 0 or kindergarten as we call it in America.

This private school seems to be one of the best in the country in terms of their standards and all-in-all achievements in terms of  academic/ sports performance.

It is actually my first time to see 4 year-old children having to undergo an interview in order to get a chance to be accepted...just crazy, but this is school is so in  high demand that they came with that "policy".

When I left her at 8:00 am I was feeling a bit apprehensive, a bit anxious..I wanted her to do well, I wanted her to remember what she has learnt. I really felt like she was being interviewed for Harvard University ha ha! ;-)

BUT this morning, on our way to her school a song started playing in my car, a song my daughter loves and knows at heart -Michelle Williams - Say Yes ft. BeyoncĂ©, Kelly Rowland , she started singing so loudly and so joyfully that it just touched my heart, as I looked at her through the mirror she was having a big smile on her face...a big smile that "told me " to trust God, to trust God as she declare His goodness and His promises as she does. to believe that "when Jesus say Yes, Nobody can say No". His promises are yes and amen...and I just got to believe it. He's been faithful for all my years, why would he ever stopped being who HE IS? He's grace is sufficient...

What I did Today:

I Finished the 3rd day or first week for Running for weight-loss which consisted in:
-Warm up 05:00
-(Run 01:30 + Walk 02:00)x6
-Run 01:00 + Walk 02:00
-Run 01:00 + Walk 01:00
-Cool Down

What I Read:

so far, what it stuck with me, is:

"Successful women think differently. They make decisions differently. They set goals differently. They bounce back from failure and adversity differently." -Valorie Burton, Successful women think differently, page 8

"Wherever you are on your life’s journey, if you find a way to embrace it and enjoy it, you will already have found some measure of success."

Successful Women vs Unsuccessful Women comparison chart
Which one you wanna be?

What I studied:

I studied the life of Sarah along a friend of mine who came to discuss the lesson (we meet once a week to discuss what we learnt).

Today He reminded me that He accomplishes his purposes despite my frailties, my little faith and entrenched self-reliance, also that HE LONGS TO BE GRACIOUS TO ME.

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him! - Isaiah 30:18

What I'm grateful for:

God teaching me great lessons through my little girl. This girl taught me the kind of FAITH that pleases God, and what living with true joy really is.

For my parents' lives...though they're very far a away, their lives continue to inspire me. I'm also grateful for God's mercies and protection upon their lives.

My Bookshelf- August 2016 Reads


Love and Respect

I've read the first chapter so far and can't wait to read the rest! Once you start reading it you'll have many "AHA! moments" and you won't want to put it down!

Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Love and Respect message across America and are changing the way couples talk to, think about, and treat each other. 

The book teaches a Simple yet powerful message:

A wife has one driving need―to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need―to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily, and biblically.

What do you want for your marriage? Want some peace? Want to feel close? Want to feel valued? Want to experience marriage the way God intended? Then why not try some Love and Respect

Bringing Up Girls

As a mom of girls I always wanted to read this book. So far, so good! I've read other books from Dr. Dobson and I just love the tone he always uses to instruct's like straight to the point but in love! :-)

This is a great guide to raising our daughters right―from parenting authority and trusted family counselor Dr. James Dobson.

Peer pressure. Eating disorders. Decisions about love, romance, and sex. Academic demands. Life goals and how to achieve them. These are just some of the challenges that girls face today―and the age at which they encounter them is getting younger and younger. As a parent, how are you guiding your daughter on her journey to womanhood? Are you equipping her to make wise choices? Whether she’s still playing with dolls or in the midst of the often-turbulent teen years, is she truly secure in her identity as your valued and loved daughter? In the New York Times bestseller Bringing Up Girls, Dr. James Dobson will help you face the challenges of raising your daughters to become strong, healthy, and confident women who excel in life. (This new edition is part of Dr. James Dobson’s Building A Family Legacy initiative.)

He Wins She Wins

I couldn't have gotten this book in better timing! I've been married for over 5 years now and it has not always been rosy or a walk in the park hehe ;-) {I know many of you can relate!!! -Can you raise your hand?! }

"The Problem" is that when you get married, you expect your relationship to be a partnership in which you make decisions and face the world together, united. But often a husband's perspective and a wife's perspective on the same issue can be very different and unity in decision making can be tough. Should spouses take turns getting their way? Should they compromise? Can they avoid making decisions altogether? Dr. Harley says there's a better way--a way in which both partners get what they want and believe is best every time.

In He Wins, She Wins, Dr. Harley introduces the revolutionary concept of joint agreement in marriage that keeps both husband and wife on equal footing and equally satisfied. This win-win model for negotiation starts with a simple rule: Never do anything without enthusiastic agreement between you and your spouse. Dr. Harley walks couples through the five most common sources of conflict in marriage, (friends and family, career and time management, finances, children, and sex), applying the joint agreement rule in every situation. And he teaches readers how to resolve conflicts the right way, so that not only are those conflicts resolved once and for all but the couple's love for one another actually grows and is sustained for the rest of their lives.

Anyone who has been married long enough to have a disagreement will benefit from this unique new book from everyone's favorite marriage doctor.

matt chandler

I wish I had read this book in my late teens...I read many and I'm really grateful for them. They truly helped me when courting my now husband and gave me a good foundation for our marriage. I cannot recommend enough this book for young people looking for "the right one" ;-)

The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid—and timeless—insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need it. Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word. And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God's design for love and intimacy.

Matt Chandler helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds by revealing the process Solomon himself followed: Attraction, Courtship, Marriage ... even Arguing. The Mingling of Souls will forever change how you view and approach love.

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Sarah: Beautiful Princess, Courageous and Loyal Wife


Genesis 21:1 
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. (NIV)

Hebrews 11:11 
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. (NIV)

Sarah's loyalty {and obedience} to Abraham gave her the right of sharing in his blessings. She became the mother of the nation of Israel { God had promised her husband Abraham that he would be the father of the Jewish nation, with descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky.- Genesis 12-1-7} –

Even though Sarah struggled in her faith {and come on! who doesn’t? after waiting for more than 25 years for a baby!!! I remember waiting 4.5 years to marry my husband and I was totally getting so desperate!!! I can’t imagine 25 years!!!!} , God saw fit to include Sarah as the first woman named in the Hebrews 11 "Faith Hall of Fame." 

God's power and blessing was with Sarah and Abraham despite their situation and apparent lack of trust in Him.

Sarah was 90  years old when she had her baby. Certainly she had given up hope of ever seeing her dream of motherhood fulfilled. Sarah was looking at God's promise from her limited, human perspective. But  despite this shortcoming, the Lord used her life to unfold an extraordinary plan, proving that he is never limited by what usually happens.

Lessons from Sarah's Life.

Statement of Faith

God changed her name from Sarai to Sarah and promised her a child (Genesis 17).

Changing Sarah's name was more than playing with words. Sarah meant mother of nations. Every time someone called Sarah or anytime she introduced herself to someone she was making a statement of faith, calling herself the mother of many nations even before she had a child. By this time she was already 90 years old.

Faith calls those things that are not as if they are. This is what we all women of faith should be doing. Let us speak God's words and promises constantly over ourselves  and over our families and children. There is power in words.

God Promises are Always YES and AMEN

Waiting for God to act in our lives may be the hardest task we ever face. {God’s promises are expensive, they’ say “good things won’t come easy”} It's also true that we can become dissatisfied when God's solution does not match our expectations. Sarah's life teaches us that when we feel doubtful or afraid, we should remember what God said to Abraham, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14, NIV)

Perfect timing might not be our Timing

Sometimes we feel like God has placed our lives in a permanent holding pattern. Rather than taking matters into our own hands, we can let Sarah's story remind us that a time of waiting may be God's precise plan for us.

What promises of God are you waiting to have fulfilled in your life?

How can we be like Abraham and Sarah and wait with a heart full of faith?

God has great things in store for you and He will bring them to pass in His perfect timing. Let us be encouraged today to wait on HIM!, amen! 

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The Fruit of the Spirit Series

Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit

What is meant by “Fruit of the Spirit”, Anyway?

The “Fruit of the Spirit” is made up of nine visible attributes of a true Christian’s life. 

The Fruit of the Spirit is actually a term that the apostle Paul uses to sum up nine visible attributes of a true Christian life.

They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).

Note too that these are not individual ‘fruits’ that we pick and choose but one ninefold fruit that is ‘a physical manifestation of a Christian’s transformed life’. It is only by Christ living in us and transforming us, that we will be able display this fruit.

When we live our lives by these qualities, the world sees the result. That result is someone walking in the Holy Spirit – hence the name “Fruit of the Spirit.” 

We will mature in our walk by studying and then applying each of these characteristics in our lives.  It is important to understand that these nine qualities come directly from God Himself and every Christian’s goal should be to incorporate them into their own personality.  This is not done through willpower or human strength, but by the incredible workings of the Holy Spirit in that person’s heart and life.

The Fruit of the Spirit gives us the power to fulfill your destiny in Christ. 

Without the Holy Spirit bearing spiritual fruit inside of us, we would be powerless. We wouldn't have the endurance and faithfulness to complete the calling that God has given us. 

We wouldn't even have the self-discipline to study your Bible or pray.

Without the Fruit of the Spirit, the gifts that God has hidden inside of us, would stay locked away forever.

God uses the Fruit of the Spirit to draw people to Himself through us.

Do you know anyone who, no matter the situation, always radiates a godly peace - They are

People in this world are drawn to that kind of peace. With all of the chaos surrounding them every day, they search their entire lives for whatever peace and joy they can get their hands on.  

Sadly, most of the times, they end up trying to fill the void with fleeting counterfeits like alcohol and illicit sex. Things that merely numb their pain for a short while, but leave them longing once again, after the party is over. When they look at us in a time of crisis, and see God's unshakable peace and joy staring back at them through your eyes, they want to know what we know. Then, we can
introduce them to Who we know. God....dwelling in us through His Holy Spirit.


Made in His Image

God wants to transmit His own divine qualities into His people to enable them to be the reflection of Himself to the rest of the world.  He realizes that due to the faulty human nature, it is only by His Spirit that Christians can actually live out these qualities on a daily basis.  He literally infuses the believer with fresh doses of His godly characteristics to then pour out to those around them.

It Only Takes One Thing to Receive the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

In order to possess all nine attributes, we must first die to self and allow Christ to dwell in and show through us.  What a relief to know as believers all that must be done is for us to surrender our fleshly personalities to the work of the Spirit in us..  Easier said than done, yes, but rewarding beyond words once it has been completed. Once we have completely surrendered, and only then, we can watch as God's mighty provision of these qualities flows through our own lives and into others around us..  

There’s No Room for Anything Less than Complete Humbleness

This takes a fully humbled and surrendered heart to the Holy Spirit and an awareness of our intense need for the Spirit’s power at work in our lives.  Then the “Fruit of the Spirit” will truly be seen by the world for what it is - a living proof of God’s nature in His people.     

What Fruits of the Spirit do you already see manifesting in your life?
Which of the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit do you still need God to manifest inside of

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Created in His Image

God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. [Ps.104:30; Heb. 1:2;11:3.]*Colossians 1:16 So 

God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness ofs of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Col.3:9,10; James 3:8,9.] 
Genesis 1:26-27 AMP 

Created in His Image
Created in His Image

 God created us, living beings in His image. Not exactly like Him, since God has no physical body but to reflect all of His attributes and Glory.

 Our entire being reflects the image of God...we are reflections of God's glory!

 God gifted us with our reason, creativity, speech and self-determination. Another amazing gift God has given us is free will. He gave us authority and the freedom to subdue the rest of what He created.

God is too loving to force submission from anyone. He wants us to freely choose to love and serve Him.

When we finally understand the fact that we are God-like, we would live a life of joy and confidence. knowing that our self-worth does not come from possessions, achievements, physical attractiveness, or the opinions or approval from other people.

Knowing our worth in God will help us to love God, to know Him personally and make an impact in those around us.

Today I pray for a new revelation of God's love for you, and at the same time that fresh and willful commitment to love and serve God comes straight from your heart. Amen

What does the Gospel have to do with our everyday lives in the home?

Theology for Homemakers
Glimpses of Grace

I decided to join Jami Balmet from Young Wife's Guide for Glimpses of Grace Book Club, Starting Thursday April 14th, we are going to be going through one chapter a week.

Today's post is an introduction to her book, with thoughts that resonated with me the Gloria Furman explains:

“The biggest question I want to explore in this book are: What does the gospel have to do with your lives in the home? How does this grace change the way we live?”

She has written this book in the look out of getting God-glorifying answers to the following questions:

  • What does the gospel have to do with everyday life in the home?
  • How does the gospel impact our dish washing, floor mopping, bill paying, friend making, guest hosting, and dinner cooking?
  • How does the fact that Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the tree so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24) make a difference in my mundane life today?
  • How does this grace change the way we live?

Theology is for everybody, and yes... even for homemakers

Every Christian is a theologian whether we like to admit it or not, whether we recognize it or not.

We tend to believe Theology is a touchy topic and only reserved to, well, Theologians. We think it's too dangerous, too tricky, and we don't know if we're qualified "enough" or how to handle it.

The truth is that:

Theology is for homemakers who need to know who God is, who they are, and what this mundane life is about.

What Glimpses of Grace is About

Grace of God in Christ
The Grace of God in Christ radicaly changes us

What Gloria Furman does in her book is put the gospel right in the center of everyday life–the place where mothers fight the good fight of faith in the home.

She clearly describes the distinctly Christian hope of God's glory and how it relates to the home.

Glimpses of Grace is about how we live in the "already but not yet" time in God's redemptive history.

Glimpses of Grace is about how God's power in the gospel can transform us for his glory as we live by faith-right where we are in the mundane of our homes.

After all, we're are called to live our lives to glorify live for him.

Where is where life happens? in our homes...where life gets hectic and peaceful, joyful and painful...that's exactly where we need to cling unto God's grace, every minute, every second.

As homemakers who are made in God's image and desire to live for God, we need to know what God's intentions are for us and for the work we do in the home.

Glimpses of Grace is a beautiful picture of what it looks like to see Jesus Christ every day in every circumstance. 

Hope you join us in this journey! we're in this together :-)

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Faith in Action {Intro to the book of James}

Faith in Action {Intro to the book of James}
Faith comes first
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.- James 2:18 NIV

James wrote this letter to the early church to rebuke them for neglecting certain Christian duties.

In his letter, James analyses the nature of genuine faith, and encourages us to demonstrate the validity of our experience with Christ.

James provides advice for our everyday lives.

It teaches us on the joy found in suffering as well as the power words have.

He tells us that the key to dealing with our problems is to keep our eyes upon Christ, allowing Him to be not only Savior but also Lord. 

James is saying that our faith is not to be cheap and he gives us a warning that trials are coming so we had better be prepared for them! Because it is not a matter "IF" we'll face problems ...but "when".

It's a fact: We will face they're part of live...they're simply inevitable, unavoidable, and unpredictable, and no one is immune! So the way we deal with them is crucial for our contentment and faith.

The good news is that we can actually profit from trials. The key: is for us to look to Christ, not to our situation, and declare our circumstances as joy. We are to be content and satisfied, to face them, and then learn and grow from them.

Other principles James writes about: Wisdom, resisting temptation and about prayer.

James 2:18
Faith and Good Deeds

Genuine Faith = Action

Genuine faith produces good deeds, genuine faith also transforms lives.

Faith has to come first because when good deeds are done in faith, God always gets the glory.

It is easy to say have faith, but true faith will produce loving actions towards others.

James encourages us not to only hear the truth but to put it into practice. He contrasts empty faith (claims without any tangible action) with faith that works.

Commitment to love and to serve others is evidence of true love.

As we study the book of James, let us remember:

  • Genuine Faith translates into Good's just the outcome. Living faith makes a difference. Let us make sure that our faith is more than just a statement, after all actions speak louder than words. Let us seek for ways to put our faith to work.
  • Words are powerful, watch your mouth.
  • Earnest, heartfelt prayers are effective.

Do You Love Him?

Feed my Sheep
Feed my Sheep

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?”  Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”
Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”  So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate.

Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.

John 21:15-25

In this passage we can see a heartfelt conversation between Jesus and Peter, who had disowned him three times before.

Jesus asks Peter three times if he loved Him.  Just as he had 3 opportunities to fail Jesus, here he was being given 3 opportunities to declare his love and devotion.

When Peter answered "yes", Jesus told him to feed his sheep.

There's a big difference between saying "to love Jesus" and actually being willing to serve Him or put that "love" into work.

How beautiful to see that despite Jesus knowing Peter failed him badly, He still desires to entrust him to something so important in His Kingdom.

Peter's life changed when he finally realized who Jesus was

It's beautiful to see Jesus, our ever-forgiving Jesus, asking Peter to commit his life.
Jesus never gave up on this man.

Peter had repented, Jesus had forgiven and it was all in the past...a new chapter. A new opportunity to serve Him.

When we come to Jesus our lives are totally transformed. 

My husband usually says that when someone meets or encounters Jesus, that person can never or will never be the simply can't happen.

Peter changed from being a fisherman to be an evangelist. His identity changed from impetuous to "Rock".

Peter had to face his own feeling and motives when Jesus confronted him.

Are you ready for that?

How would you respond in Jesus asked you "Do you love me? Do you love me?"

Do you even know Him?

Take Heart
Take Heart

Another lesson or two from this passage...

Whatever the future holds... We can Trust Him

Jesus predicts Peter's death..

Jesus has never promised a trouble-free life. It actually promised that we would have trials and tribulations...

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."- John 16:33

But despite what our future holds, Jesus tells us to follow Him, to follow Him.

When we know He's in control we can surely follow Him

Mind Your Own Business

When Jesus told Peter about all what he would have to go through in order to serve Him and glorify Him, Peter asked Jesus how John would die...Maybe Peter wanted to make sure or confirm that if he was going to have rough times ahead so would John...after all, life as to be fair, doesn't it?

Jesus politely told him to mind his own business. That he shouldn't be concerned with that.

We as well, should remember Jesus' advice when we feel tempted to compare ourselves with others.

I believe God has given us different tasks and our purpose in this earth differs from anyone else's.

We are unique and special...Our duty is just to follow Jesus.

Dealing with Doubt


JOHN 20:19-31. 

So here in chapter 20 we see the disciples meeting in a room in Jerusalem "locked...for fear of the Jews" (v. 19b). The amazing thing about this? The locked doors that reflect the fear of the disciples, but will also show the power of the risen Christ, who can be contained neither by a rock tomb nor a locked door.

What is Jesus' response to their fear? and yours? and mine? : Peace

"Peace (eirene) be to you" (v. 19c). To these frightened disciples, Jesus gives his peace, even as he has promised (14:27). The disciples, you and me will have peace in spite of persecution by a world that will hate them even as it hates Jesus (15:18-25). While this text uses the Greek word for peace, eirene, the concept is the Jewish shalom––more than the absence of conflict––a wholeness that is the gift of God.

Thomas Doubted
Thomas believed, lost faith, and then returned to even greater faith.

Different kinds of Faith, to Different Kind of People

Through this chapter, is interesting to see that there are different kinds of faith, and that faith comes in different ways and with differing intensities to different people. 

For example, the beloved disciple believes upon seeing the empty tomb (v. 8). Mary believes when the Lord calls her name (v. 16). The disciples must see the risen Lord (v. 20). Thomas says that he must touch Jesus' wounds (v. 25)––although that need seems to evaporate once he sees the risen Christ (v. 28). People have differing needs and find various routes to faith.

"But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus (the twin), wasn't with them when Jesus came" (v. 24). Didymos is the Greek word for twin. We don't know why Thomas was absent, but we do know that he earlier thought that going to Bethany with Jesus would mean death for the disciples as well as Jesus (11:16).

"The other disciples therefore said to him, 'We have seen the Lord'" (v. 25a). The first person to whom the disciples witness is one of their own, Thomas, who was not present when Jesus first appeared to them. Their words to Thomas ("We have seen the Lord") are essentially the same words ("she had seen the Lord") that were used to describe Mary's encounter with Jesus.

"Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe" (v. 25b). Thomas does not believe the disciples, but neither did the disciples believe Mary. They were a despondent, defeated people until they saw Jesus with their own eyes.

Thomas was not the only doubter and will not remain a doubter. He doubts the witness of the other disciples and so cannot believe the resurrection. Once he sees what they have seen, he will manifest great faith.

Thomas was not with the disciples when Jesus made his first appearance to them. As a result, he refused to believe. This should serve as a lesson for us. It is difficult to believe when we do not strengthen ourselves with the fellowship of other believers" (Gossip, 798).

Thomas believed, lost faith, and then returned to even greater faith.

Thomas was willing to die for Jesus (John 11:16), but still had doubt that Jesus was now alive. Jesus did not appear when Thomas was present however, in verses 24-29, Jesus returns and Thomas is no longer doubtful. Jesus is once again the loving and patient example when someone is doubtful. 

There’s no need for aggression or impatience. Some people need to doubt to believe.

Doubt can deepen your faith as you continue to search for the answer. Jesus is always tender and patient with our unbelief and we should follow His example when we are talking to someone with doubt about Christ.

When Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and believe,” and John ends this chapter with his statement that Jesus did other signs but they are not recorded here, we are reminded that we are to have faith – just believe – we don’t need to touch Jesus or see His wounds – we have all the written accounts of those who were there – we are to trust and obey.

“…and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (v. 31b) This reminds us that it is God’s role and His work that are empowering and saving – we simply respond. Our faith is a response – not a work; we recognize Christ because He reveals Himself to us. 

All the blessings and wonders that we experience are in Christ and He gives us faith that we can turn into more faith by our commitment and obedience.

Food for the Thought:

Have you ever doubted God? If you are like most of Christians, you probably have...and may have even felt guilty! But Jesus welcomes you to bring your doubts to Him. Just like Thomas, be honest and open with Jesus about your doubts. 

Jesus will meet you where you are if you are honest with him. Ask Him to show you who He is and to help you to believe what He says He can do...He's faithful...and just like Thomas, your faith will increase!

Blessed, Fruitful and Prosperous {Blogging through The Psalms}

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3 NIV

God's Word in our Hearts
God's Word in our Hearts

How to be Blessed in two simple steps:

1.- Choose your friends carefully
2.- Delight and Meditate on God's Law (His precepts and instructions) day and night

The importance of choosing your friends carefully 

There will always be voices discrediting or ridiculing you, nevertheless great joy comes when you obey God and refuse to listen to those voices.

It's amazing how much influence people we surround ourselves with have on us, and most of the time, this influence (good or bad) is very subtle.

If we "walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers" we might as well end up becoming indifferent to God's will or insensitive to God's voice.

It is true that we must have contact with unbelievers, if we actually want to witness to them, but this does not mean we need to join in or imitate their sinful behaviour.

Time for a bit of reflection, please be honest: Do your friends contribute to building up your faith? or do they tear it down?

True Friends
True Friends

True friends should help you draw closer to God, instead of hindering your relationship with Him.

Delight and Meditate in the Law of the Lord

Meditating on His word means to spend time reading and thinking about what you have read. It also means looking for practical ways to apply what you learnt to your daily life.

The more we know God's word, the more guidelines we will have to live our lives and make daily decisions.

The more we delight in His presence, the more fruitful we will be...

Only then...we'll be Blessed, Fruitful and Prosperous

These verses hide a promise...that only after separating ourselves from bad influences and seeking God by meditating on His word and taking delight in His presence, we'll be blessed, we'll be fruitful and prosperous.

To be blessed, means to be happy! (hey, and who doesn't want to be happy?)

" Psalm 1:Blessed is the man,.... This psalm begins in like manner as Christ's sermon on the mount, Matthew 5:3; setting forth the praises and expressing the happiness of the man who is described in this verse and Psalm 1:2. The words may be rendered, "O, the blessednesses of the man", or "of this man" (l); he is doubly blessed, a thrice happy and blessed man; blessed in things temporal and spiritual; happy in this world, and in that to come. He is to be praised and commended as a good man, so the Targum:
"the goodness, or, Oh, the goodness of the man;''
or as others,
"Oh, the right goings or happy progress, or prosperous success of the man (m),''
who answers to the following characters; which right walking of his is next observed, and his prosperity in Psalm 1:3. Some have interpreted this psalm of Christ, and think it is properly spoken of him (n); 1-3 "-Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
To be Fruitful:

We'll only be healthy, fruit-bearing trees with strong, deep roots if we soak up God's Word...only then, we'll be able to produce actions and attitudes that honor God.

To achieve anything worthwhile, we must have God's Word in our hearts.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
         And whose trust is the LORD.

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
         That extends its roots by a stream
         And will not fear when the heat comes;
         But its leaves will be green,
         And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
         Nor cease to yield fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8

"Whatever he does prospers"

This does not mean we will be exempt us of failures and troubles. 

Neither guarantees us health, wealth or happiness.

I know there's a lot of controversy as far as biblical prosperity is concerned but according to Strong’s Complete Concordance of the Bible, one Hebrew word for prosperity is shalom. We often associate the word shalom with peace, but the peace that Christ went to war for on the cross is a complete, whole kind of peace. Also according to Strong’s, shalom is “completeness, soundness, welfare and peace.” It represents completeness in number and safety and soundness in your physical body. Shalom also covers relationships with God and with people. {Source}

In others words, those who give God and His Word first place in their lives can expect to prosper in every way.

Are you giving God and His Word the place it deserves in your life?
Are your friends building up your faith or tearing it down?