It isn’t always easy
I am restless
Something is always missing
So I wait
Enter the silence,
hear what He has to say
Do you have eyes but fail to see?
Ears but fail to hear?
Don’t you remember?
Bravery doesn’t always roar
doesn’t always shout
Sometimes, courage is silent
So, I see
Philippians 4:13 doesn’t mean nothing is impossible
but that you can handle victory and defeat
And still remain victorious
Stay still, He says
The Lord wil fight for us
You only need to be still
Look at the love that anchors you
That has broken & fixed you
Even when the world is all kinds of wrong & unfaithful,
He is faithful
And your heart will rejoice
Because he wants not the righteous,
but the sinners
So here I am
My heart rejoices
Drenching myself in His plans & love
And I am radiant,
my face no longer with shame
Because He said, child,
You are loved.
Draft prose for a project. Inspired from a few verses. Let me know what you think? :)
BRIDGE Reblog: 5 Ways To Love People Like Jesus Did
1) Listen. (Mark 10:46-52) Jesus didn’t go around telling people what they should be doing. He let people come to Him, and He listened to what they were saying and what they wanted. And He knew what they needed, but He still took the time to listen to people.
2) Don’t pressure (Mark 10: 17-27, Luke 9:23) Jesus was very clear with people about what it meant to follow Him, but He always left the decision up to them. He didn’t use pressure tactics or try to sell people.
3) Love people who the world doesn’t value. (Matthew 9:10-13) Jesus hung out with lepers, tax collectors, prostitutes, and all kinds of people that society shunned. He never worried that the socially acceptable people would think less of Him because of this.
4) Pray for them. (John 17:6-26) It’s the most cliche Christian thing to say, but actually praying for someone is a big thing. You have the ear of the infinite and almighty God, and you are taking the time to talk about this person, that is an act of love. Ask for the Lord to intervene with them directly and also for wisdom in how you can help them.
5) Don’t judge. (John 4:1-26) Jesus didn’t let people’s past mistakes disqualify them. He actually spent a lot of time telling people that they were not their mistakes and He believed in them.
The easy way to have a huge ministry impact
Anonymous asked: Hi Unka Glen, my church youth group is going on a mission to Christian youths in the barren small towns of UAE, Middle East, and in September, we’ll be going to other parts of the Middle East. They asked me to give a few talks, and I’m honored and really excited, but most of all, I’m scared. Speaking’s not really my forte. Would appreciate some tips. Thank you! :)
Unka Glen answered: Dang girl, the United Arab Emirates? If you’re ever in Chicago, the milkshakes are on me. Working with Chicago gang members might sound pretty tough to you, but believe me, I’ve got mad respect for what you’ll be doing.
As for tips, I’ve got a great one on this, and you’re gonna love it. When it comes to any kind of missions, there are two big things you want to accomplish, the first is to listen to the people, get a sense of their struggles, see the obstacles in the path of their forward spiritual progress, and speak to those obstacles, hopefully breaking them down.
That’s a bit much to ask of you on a short-term missions trip.
The other big thing you want to accomplish in missions is encouragement and exhortation. In my operation, I make it clear, I can preach to these people, sort them out, help them see the way forward, and handle all the technical and theological aspects of moving them forward, but without the encouragement of their brothers and sisters, it’s not going to do much good.
Encouragement and exhortation are pretty simple to express, hard to mess up, and the effectiveness you can add to the existing ministries on the ground is truly substantial. So leave the fancy stuff to the professionals, and focus on encouragement and exhortation. You can be the kind of vital encouragement that gives people what they need to take it to the next level.
So what might be encouraging to them? Well, maybe they have family pressure to not become Christian. So you tell them that they have family all over the world, and we’ve got your back, and we love you, and we’re praying for your earthly family, that you would find favor with them, and that they would be drawn closer to the Lord.
Maybe they’re dealing with persecution from the local government. Encourage them that the early church had to meet in secret too, but that great things came out of those hard times, and that you expect that they will gain a strength others only dare to dream of, and that they are becoming the kind of Christians that are respected the world over.
Break the strongholds that say they should be ashamed of their chains, and put the crown of glory on their heads.
And that leads us to exhortation. The goal of exhortation is to call people to their higher selves. To show them that they are FAR stronger than they think they are, and that they can keep going. They may be weary from their struggles, and they may be near the end of their strength, but they’re nowhere near the end of God’s strength.
Exhortation is about coming alongside others and saying, “c’mon and give this one more try. I’m right here with you, let’s lift it together.” It’s about telling people they’ve got the enemy trembling. It’s about telling them to look at their troubles and and say, “mountain, get out of my way!”
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for God is faithful to fulfill His promises. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” Hebrews 10:23-25a
Thank you for this! I’m just going to keep that here. :)
In the long term, where do you see yourself?
I see myself serving God with the talent He has given me, regardless if other people regard me as “successful” or not. Basta sa Kanya, panalo na ako.”
Christianity is not a belief system.
Christianity is how I got rescued from being lost in darkness for all eternity.
Christianity is how I was sought by God, ransomed, and freed.
Christianity means I owe God everything. And more. So I’ve given Him myself.
Christianity is not a religion.
Rules and rituals had nothing to do with my rescue.
I was ransomed by the blood of the only Son of God Himself.
Rules and rituals did not save me, and they can’t keep me saved.
Christianity is what I do.
In ancient days, sometimes when a slave was freed, he decided to stay with his master anyway.
That slave would press his ear to the doorpost and his master would pierce his ear.
This would tell the world: I am free, but I choose to serve.
Pierce my ear, oh God.
Let me dwell in your house, and show you my thanks.
This is what a Christian is.
It’s not just something I chose to believe in, it’s the life I live in my Master’s house.
You Are Loved
By: David Bonifacio
I don’t care what anyone says, how you feel about yourself, or how far you are from the popular ideal, I love you. No ifs, meaning no conditions. No buts, meaning no considerations. Just an appreciation for who you are, just a desire to show my affection, just an announcement that you have arrested my attention.
In a world that says, “I love you” today then forgets what it means tomorrow, I want you to know that my love will be patient, and kind, will not boast, will not be proud, nor be rude, nor seek my own benefit, nor be easily angered, nor keep a record of wrongs. You will shine as my love illuminates the dark areas of your life.
In a world that says, “I promise” then goes and breaks their honor, I want you to know that my love will not fail you. You can depend on me - but you need to wait for me, in other words trust.
In a world that says, “I believe in you” then betrays you to believe in other promises, other reports, and other fears, my love will keep you safe - even from yourself. I will always give you another chance. I will always hope for the best. I will never give up.
You’re afraid because you’re from that broken world of cheap love, unkept promises, and betrayed trust. You’re afraid my love will fail you, and you don’t want to get hurt once more.
You’re most afraid because you know that you are not just from that world, you were once of that world. You have loved cheap things, given your heart to attractions of no value. You have broken your promises, leaving a trail of failed expectations. You have stopped believing that true love exists for you, you have started to doubt. You are afraid that you don’t deserve my love.
My love will not fail you. In my love are the privileges of the beloved. Because I love you, you are most beautiful. Because I love you, you are most special. Because I love you, you can depend on me. Because I love you, you are irreplaceable. Because I love you, I will never let you go.
Because I love you, I will not force myself on you. You are free, even free to not choose me.
And yet, my love will not condemn you. It is freely given and it is freely kept. You did not earn it and cannot un-earn it. It is a gift. You captivated me at your worst, so surely I will stay to enjoy the sunrise you bring.
In your freedom, do not be proud. In your fear, do not run away. In your guilt, do not hide. In your pain, do not harden your heart. Instead, give me the pieces of your broken heart, let me keep it safe for you.
And here, take mine, it’s yours if you’ll have it.
“Why?” you ask?
Because you are my beloved. This is who you are.