When God said, “Rest.”

September 2, 2015 – This day will linger a bit in me.

This was the day when God spoke to me not just once but 4 times in one day Psalm 46:10 – “Be still.”

Days before this, my schedule was just so crazy. Work was crazy tiring and I had commitments after office hours and weekends. It was just non-stop that I could not even find time cleaning my own room.

Do you believe that God does care about your physical condition? When He showed to me Psalm 46 in so many places more than once, I thought, there must be something in there! It’s either I ignore Him or obey Him. And I know God. He is always clear. So, by His grace, I chose to obey Him. And indeed, I’m so glad I did!

You see, I didn’t know what was ahead of me. I didn’t know how things will turn out weeks after that day. But God knows. He knows I will never have enough strength to endure the busyness ahead of me if I didn’t stop doing things that are stealing my time to rest. I would have gotten so worn out that I might end up getting so sick or if not, become a one big grumbling soul.

I know how important rest is. I know how important to have a quiet time and just be still with God in the midst of busyness. But I’ve never been more appreciative of rest until these past weeks. Resting is not just relaxing and doing nothing. Resting is total dependence on God hoping that when you wake up the next day, you will have renewed strength for another long day ahead.

When God tells us to rest, He is serious about it. He knows how much we can only do each day. He knows our limitations that He allows us to have a rest.

So, if you’ve been too busy doing things that you think are important or you think could not wait, try to assess again what your real priorities are. We can only do enough each day. We just have to make sure we don’t compromise the most important things including our own physical health.

By the seventh day, God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created ]and made. – Genesis 2:2-3

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Power Outage

It’s 8:39 PM of August 29th. My apartment is in complete darkness. Having no electricity, the only things I can do are to eat and sleep. Reading is not an option anymore. And just waking up from an afternoon nap, I just don’t want to sleep again yet. With a little power left in my laptop’s battery, thus the writing.

Sitting at my desk right now, seeing the lights of the high rise buildings beside my apartment turned on, I feel nothing but envy. I am in total darkness…literally.

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See, this is not my first time to experience power outage. In the Philippines, we always have this. This is not even my first time to witness damages due to storm. I am so used to this back home. However, this is my first to experience it here. And it made me realize that even in  a first world country, there are times that restoration would really take longer than you expect. I thought that if there is power outage, in just few hours, electricity will be restored immediately. Well, I’m dead wrong. The wind storm hit pretty hard that some people here might even find it overwhelming. I’m just hoping that tomorrow will be much a better day. The transition of our weather is just so extreme, from drought to a storm.

However, with all of these happening, I’m still grateful. This outage makes me appreciate the comforts that I have been enjoying – especially the hot shower and oven toaster. 🙂 It also allowed me to rest from online activities. After months of buying my doodle & design book, I was once again able to do some coloring stuff (not that I’m an artist or something – just doing something creative).  

 And I am able to write, like right now which I haven’t done in so many months. And I was able to spend time with God. And I was able to have a complete rest after a full packed summer. Honestly, this is my first Saturday since summer started that I totally rested. And it is really good.
And this darkness reminds me that I may be in a dark place right now, but my life is not. I am connected to a High Power that will never have an outage. As long as I am connected to the Source, I will never have a life outage. There will always be light that will shine in and through my life. These are temporary catastrophes and maybe tomorrow or in the next two days, all will be back to normal. However, there is a permanent darkness that we can never escape once we are there already. And that is the judgment of God when the time comes. The only solution not to be in that permanent darkness is to be connected to Jesus Christ who is the only Source of Light. It is only through Him that we will forever stay in the Light.

Just imagine yourself being in complete darkness right now, then, think that to be eternal, then add to that endless weeping, endless burning, endless thirst. If we complain with little drought or hot weather, just imagine that eternal life apart from God. It’s an endless pain.

Don’t stay in the dark. God gives us the freedom to stay in the Light. Make that decision today.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

37 Days

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It’s been 37 days of being “unemployed”. As I stay at home, I realize there are a lot of things that need to be done at home just like being in the office. Well, except the pressure and strict deadlines. However, I can always take a pause and have some rest. Something, I can seldom do when I work. Oh well, I don’t think I should compare working in the office and being unemployed – staying at home. Just doesn’t make sense! Haha!

I’m truly grateful to be able to rest for the past month and do the things I’ve missed doing during my busy season in the corporate world. There are still a lot of things that I want to do, however, I’ve also been thinking of hopefully going back to a “hopefully” 8-hour day job. God has been opening doors and letting me wait on some things. It’s totally liberating to just let God take control of everything and just do what He wants me to do. I don’t have to give myself a headache to think over things when He knows already what’s ahead.

Today, I just want to sleep in after I wash a pile of dishes from cooking good meals. These things I haven’t done in awhile.

I thank God for the REST He has given me. I really hope everyone can enjoy such blessing especially those who are so burned out with work.

 

 

Unemployed

I must say, today is officially my first day of being unemployed after the long holiday.

My last day at my work of more than 8 years was last Dec. 31.

Today is the first day of waking up not thinking of work and the things I need to do at work.

I had to make a schedule on how my day should go as I don’t want to spend each day lazily being so unproductive.

I’m excited on this journey as to how, where, what and when – will God take me to something new.

I’m happy also that I will have more time in my writing now. So much things I can do and so much time I can spend with the Lord!

My work is a gift from God. And this time to rest, is a gift from God also.

Holiday

Two long weekends in a row is just so so so so cool!

I’d never had such a restful weekend since the middle of the year. Two days of rest over the weekend were never enough. Not that I’m complaining, but just really happy that I get to enjoy another long weekend.

My roommie and I went to our favorite, “quiet” mall to just unwind. Had some Chinese for our late lunch, watched the movie, “Thor” which was really entertaining and did some little shoes and bread shopping.

I just thank God that tomorrow is just Saturday, and I still have 2 days to just relax and do the things I enjoy doing.

Here’s a photo of our bread shopping. I had my first Earl Grey Latte croughnut.

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What to do?

 

It’s been so unusual for me lately not to do anything on weekends. I usually have scheduled meet-ups or events. But this year, I somehow made a commitment to myself to have some weekends just to rest, really rest.

Well, today, I’m just at home, wondering what to do. I want to clean my room but I just don’t have the energy for it. I want to do some grocery but I just don’t know what to buy. I want to go to the mall and catch a movie, I’m not just into the movies showing right now. I’m trying to think of what to do just to make my weekend productive but my body is saying I should just rest.

Maybe, this is what I really get for having a very busy, tiring work week. As much as I want to do the things that I really enjoy doing, my physical body just wants to rest. Oh well, rest is a luxury these days. Better grab this when I can have it.

Thanks to online delivery and online Christian movies I can enjoy. 🙂 

Just watched the movie New Hope and it was a reminder for me to be sensitive to those people who are in great pain. We really don’t understand the depth of their pain, what we could really do is to show them more love and care.

My favorite line in the movie: “Christianity isn’t flawed, only Christians.” 

Happy Restful Weekend to me…nyaha! 🙂

Dwells

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,
But it will not come near you.

If you make the Most High your dwelling – Even the Lord, who is my refuge
Then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Verses from Psalm 91
Reminder of God’s promise to those who trust in Him