News That Turns You Upside Down… or Not

I started a new journey this past month.

A journey that would take an ordinary day with an ordinary girl and be used in an extraordinary way. Praise God.

If I have learned anything about his whole adventure so far, it is the fact that God must receive all the praise in all circumstances. On this Earth, we are called to glorify Him through our words, actions, and thoughts.

We are human.

We are selfish people.

It is the last thing within us to give glory to someone else, yet that is the very thing that we must humble ourselves to. “God’s purpose in this was that we should praise God and give glory to him for doing these mighty things for us, who were the first to trust in Christ.” Galatians 1:12 (TLB)

I did not know the outcome of the news I would hear this past month. I did not know whether the tumor would be benign or not (Praise God I did find out it was BENIGN), but I did know one thing… that I serve an amazing heavenly Father. He is comforting. He is peace. He is constant. He is always there for me and is always there for YOU. There is no reason to question, doubt, or even worry. He wants to hold on to all of that for you. You must allow him to do so. Why fill yourself with tomorrow’s worry? Why hold on to the negative when we are given so much more than that on this planet? There are far greater things to embrace. Choose to hold onto those.

This was a prayer that I continued to pray before I heard the great outcome… these words are still words I continue to try and live out daily.

“Lord, you know my heart. No matter what happens in all of this and the days to come, may you receive all the glory and praise through EVERYTHING. For even in the moments of difficulty, I pray that YOU may be lifted high. May others come to know you through all of this. May you be able to continue to whisper your desires for my heart so that I may be able to serve you more and more abundantly each day.”


When Your Prayer Journal is Almost Full

I started to squeeze the last final lines from the pastor’s sermon onto the page of my prayer journal. I am trying to squeeze as much as I can into this faded green moleskine journal. Although I do not like to use the final line on the page, I will do it anyways this time just to savor the final pages of the journal. This journal was one that had been started back when I was starting my life out as a new college graduate. I had just passed the NCLEX. God was pulling me through the valley and onto the mountain. He was faithful then. He is faithful now. With only three pages left in the journal, I reflect back on what the Lord has taught me over the past year…
July 10, 2011
To abide in Christ, you must LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE, & LEARN -Alex Himaya

November 11, 2011
You need to pray with passion & urgency. We can pray with just words, but when you pray with passion, you become intimate with God. Be persistent in your prayers. God is always preparing. During the waiting time, God is getting us ready for something great. Tell God exactly what you need in detail. Be precise. Be reflective on these verses…

Luke 18:35-39 (NLT)

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. 36 When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him that Jesus the Nazarene[a] was going by. 38 So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

James 4:2 (NLT)

You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

With all of this… do not forget to be positive. You have to expect an answer to prayer. We have to ask in Faith. You have to know the promises in scripture and believe that God will fulfill your needs.

November 23, 2011
The main issue is healing and freedom from past experiences and living with complete trust in God who looks over every detail of our life with tender mercy and infinite wisdom. –John Thomas

God is so good. He is always faithful. Never changing. The person that changes is us. We must overcome the thoughts, actions, sins of the past and become a new creation in Him. For he created us to be new. He created us to live in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NLT)

17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

I will savor these last three pages of this journal. Even thought it is filled with mixed feelings, I am excited to start a new one. I am excited to make the starting words of the new journal with impact and finish it up with confidence in the one who created me. His love is always and forever. He will continue to write my story…

…for when your prayer journal is almost full, you start a new one.