faith

The Good and Beautiful

Kalos Kai Agathos (καλὸς κἀγαθός)

 

That Greek word is as lovely as it sounds. It translates to “the singular balance of the good and the beautiful,” which I have learned while re-reading Eat Pray Love. The peculiar thing about re-reading is that you pay attention to different things every single time, and it just so happened that this phrase struck a chord in me, owing to my situation at the moment. (So I will use this phrase in this context and this usage, as the definitions are not limited to just this one. )

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Head Above Water

Nothing beats knowing you’re above water again, after a grueling tussle with the darkest of shadows.

Happy is too much of an understatement, but it’s a good place to start. Learning the definition of happiness takes time when you’ve been thrown into an indefinitely-dated slump. But for the love of everything good and true, I am glad I listened to the voice that told me I could get back up on my feet.

Right now, I am anchored on happiness with the help of a few things like chocolate and uplifting music, but I also attribute it to the little steps I’m taking to better myself, and finally at the fact that things are getting better. I am learning not to be anxious about tomorrow, because my system automatically thinks of the worst possible thing that could happen after a beautiful and perfectly memorable situation has occurred. I am unlearning this, and I’ll be glad when I’m free from it. Even now, I’m claiming it and looking forward to the freedom that peace brings.

I’m absolutely thankful for every single surprise that the Lord bestows upon me, just to keep me grounded on His promise of joy. Everything is coming together, and despite a rocky, displeasing, and depressing month that I had to go through, I believe this time around it’s going to get better and better. There are always good things ahead.

 

 

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Overflowing Joy

There is an unexplainable welling-up of my spirit, for reasons God only knows. The best thing about this is that it is contagious, and I couldn’t care less about all the negativity going on around me.
I learned and clearly remember that the difference between joy and happiness is that the former is dependent on God, and the latter is dependent on your circumstance. Joy remains regardless of what goes right or wrong in your life.

When you let joy minister to your life, you will find that God will speak to you much louder. When you extend patience to other people even if they are difficult to deal with, you will see that you are receiving more revelations. This is how He extends His grace upon us and upon others.

When light touches others, it enables them to see hope amidst everything they’re facing. When you give others a reason to be curious about your consistent faith despite the world falling apart, you will give them a reason to know the source of your joy – Jesus.

True Tears

“Jesus wept.” – John 11:35

I realized that this is quite possibly the shortest, not to mention one of the most powerful verses in the Bible. This vulnerability opens us up to Jesus’ character, all gleamed from two simple words. I found a beautiful rhema to it:

1. Jesus was a TRUE FRIEND – first and foremost, He cried at his dear friend’s passing; He loved Lazarus, Mary, and Martha dearly.

2. Jesus was a TRUE HUMAN – Jesus cried. He mourned, and was not reluctant to show His emotions to everyone. He let Himself express what He was really feeling.

3. Jesus was TRUE IN HIS FAITH – He did not end His weeping without doing anything. He was overcome with compassion and love, and He called out to the Father above to do a miracle and raise Lazarus from death.

When Jesus loves, He loves genuinely and sincerely. Because He is a True Friend, He will not let anyone suffer without being given hope. Because He is a True Human (apart from being True God), He understands what we are going through, no exceptions. Jesus had to feel physical, emotional and spiritual pain the way we do. Because He is true in His faith, nothing was impossible, not even death was to stand in His way. Jesus would go lengths for you, as He already did on the cross 2000 years ago. Where else would you find someone as true as Jesus?

An Open Letter of Futile Efforts to Make Up For Not Being Present

Bud,

I want you to hold onto God. I keep saying this like it’s the easiest thing in the world, I know. I’m sorry. You know that all I can do right now is fall to my knees in tears and prayer. In my perspective, I honestly see a strong soldier, a daughter of the High King who has been given responsibility matching her abilities.

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