My reflections and encouragement to you
by J. Martine Bernabe
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I Love the Lord, and speaking to people about life, and encouraging others to walk in faith but sometimes I do it even when me, myself fail to practice faith. In sharing the faith, I remember the story of John Wesley(Founder of Methodism), when he became friends with a gentleman (Peter Bohler was his name, I think) He , John Wesley was preaching and ministering to others at the time too, but realising his own lack of faith he felt that it was useless for him to continue preaching and said so to Peter Bohler. Bohler told him "by no means" must he stop. So he asked "what can I preach?" Peter told him to .."preach faith until you have it, and then because you have it, you will preach faith" so in my reflections of late, I have realised that I don't know everything about myself and all the things I want, but I do know some of what I don't want, or would like to see happen for me. I believe it is a wonderful thing to be encouraged and motivated by others, as some persons are strong, and others are easily influenced: but I believe too, that each person is responsible for his or her happiness. Happiness does not mean getting everything we want, doing anything we want, or going anywhere we want, but 'learning to enjoy and appreciate the scenery or view, even though we are headed on a detour'. I believe also that life is like a book: Some people love to write, and some like to read, and do it well; but there are others who do not like either. So if we want persons to read our story(our life) we must make it interesting, positive, encouraging. We must make allowances for mistakes to be made, and learnt from, we must also write to those who are despondent, that "this too shall pass", and that life goes on whether we want it to or not. Our writings must be balanced, neutral, and captivating as well. But in all this we must remember to look up, stop doing any unnecessary worrying, and stressing, and fear about things that we cannot fix or change.Everything and everyone comes into our lives for a reason. Remember that in Christ we have a good fixer-upper! What a wonderful thought! remember too, to believe, and trust that God does, and will make a way for the healthy who has no illness but does not understand that it is necessary to give thanks for his health; the sick, who are sick but not dying and who can be comforted in knowing that "God will take care of you"; the down-trodden and lonely who think there's no light at the end of the tunnel, the optimist who is optimistic about his projects, but not sure he can pull it off; the dying, who I must beseech to give God what is left, and he will do the rest; and the healthy, the wealthy and the wise who must be reminded to get down on his knees and pray a prayer of gratitude, but remember in his wealth that he must try not to 'lose his soul' and 'give to those who are less fortunate', because God is a God who knows, sees, understands, is compassionate, steadfast, a promise-keeper, a mercy-giver, a forgiving God, and in the end we will gladly declare that "It Is Well With My Soul" because we gave,not counting the cost; we smiled genuinely; we corrected, firmly but with love, we comforted; we pulled others up with us when we were climbing ladders of success and best of all, we loved selflessly. I want that kind of love for myself, and for all who pass my way whether briefly (by moving on in life, or death) and those who are still with me. so I challenge myself and you to ...'renounce all dependence, in whole or in part, upon my own works of righteousness, by adding to the constant use of all other means of grace, continual prayer for justifying, saving faith, a full reliance on the blood of Christ shed for me, a trust in him as my Christ, as my sole justification, sanctification and redemption.." I love you with God's love
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