Slay your giants

Hello readers, it has been a while..

So much has been happening, I might have to write 2-3 blogs on my experiences and ride of faith this 2.5 months has been. I celebrated my birthday last May and was definitely blessed with a random trip abroad, I may choose to see my life has and always has been a blessing. Tho I cannot escape the fact that it hasn’t been all that a good ride for the past 2.5 months.

May 1 til date, I have been struggling – struggling emotionally and spiritually. Because of all that I was experiencing from day to day circumstances and challenges, I was beginning to stray away from my faith little by little, I was beginning to doubt and ask why? Why Lord, why?

Strangely, in different ways His presence was always felt in any situation, despite being in my lowest, the sadness, the tears, the anger and the frustration, I could hear Him speak, I could feel His presence which is may be why I have been holding on to His promises until today.

In times like such: where you begin to believe the lies of the enemy, where you begin to feel defeated, where you begin to feel like your lost and unable to believe His perfect plan for you, I realized a couple of things:

1. It is very important to keep a constant connection with him.. – make the effort and fight for it. I was not able to do my quiet time but I asked in my prayer once – where are you? why are you not able to do anything? And the response got my thinking – got me at one point back to him – to believe and to trust even if I don’t see.

so.. what was the response? I am a God who moves mountains. Indeed, Matthew 17:20 – And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

A couple of days ago, as I read in the news, “Everest moving: World’s highest mountain ‘moves by an inch’ due to Nepal earthquake” you may call it a coincidence, nature or something else, I believe it was indeed God who did so..

2. Make sure to have / communicate with your small group or friends. Make sure that you are covered in prayers – because believe it or not, prayers do work. Speak life and bible verses and most importantly as bad as the situation may seem – have an inch of hope and a pinch of positivity. Have faith as small as a mustard seed – I know this is not easy – but like I said earlier you have to fight the good fight of faith. Trust me, it was not easy for me either, but it is a constant battle we have to fight everyday.

3. Last but the most important – is to slay your giant.

What do I mean? Do not focus on the problems or the situation – do not focus on the failed plans and wrong timing of things rather focus on God, focus on Christ and what he did on the cross.

It started to make sense when one day, I prayed and went back to Him and seek him – forget everything else. Believe it or not, suddenly the problems and situation who seemed like giants in the beginning, who were blocking my vision to see God, where now shrunk to the point of nothing compared to Jesus and the cross. Suddenly I felt at peace, I knew I was in safe hands, I knew no matter what, God was with me and protecting me.

I am not saying the problems and situation disappeared, but it became much smaller then I thought it was. You see, when focusing on a problem, we tend to magnify the problem and make it a giant whereas it is or could be as small as an ant. (ok may be a little bigger than that..)

A few months ago, I was given a paper weight which was a stone that had a small note that said “Slay your Giant” which was now brought in the real sense and meaning.

Hope this blog can inspire and spark hope to those who are going through hard times and I pray May God speak life unto you as you go through a difficult phase. I agree it is not easy as all but its definitely worth knowing you are in the hands of the mighty Savior who was fearfully and wonderfully made in his image and likeness for a greater purpose.

PS. would definitely appreciate some prayers from your end, and do write in the comments or send me a private message for prayer request, I will join you in believing God for favor.

Have a blessed week.

God bless 🙂

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God’s Love is Unconditional

We have heard this line several times in several ways but have we tried to understand or picture what this means?

Try to picture a child with a kite..

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Kite flying has to be set in certain conditions like it has to be In an open field, no wires coming in the way and most importantly it has to be a windy day.

With the external conditions set, the child now has to hold the string and throw the kite up in the air and pull the string until the wind catches the kite. And continuously make sure that the person flying the kite maintains the tension of the wind and the string so the kite will keep flying.

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If the wind lets go a little bit, the person flying the kite now has to pull the string until there is tension, until the wind catches the kite again.

How many of you know this can get quite tiring…

And some of you may agree, that our ability to love similar to flying kites – as long as the right conditions are in place, we can love. As long as all the conditions we set or need are met, we can love.

Give your self a minute and think about it… “If you do this, i will forgive you.” or “If you give me what I want I will love you” what you are really saying is meet my conditions first for me to be able to love you or forgive you. What you are not saying is.. I cannot love you until these conditions are met.. Here we can realize that our love is very limited, our love is conditional and imperfect.

And knowing this we cannot discount the fact that we can not have have every condition met.. What happens in situations where there is no wind? If you were kite flying you’d have to run and pull the kite. Pull.. pull.. pull.. and run! run!! run!!! And how many of you know that this is not a fun kind of kite flying.. It gets very tiring and exhausting. But that is how some of our relationship with God are.. some of our relationships are tiring because it is based on waiting for conditions to be met in the mean time you are using your will power to keep it going..

As we read God’s word, truly we should be thankful that we serve a God who loves us unconditionally. Jesus had something interesting to say about God. God our father makes the sun rise and set on both the evil and the good, he sends rain which is equivalent to blessings on both the just and the unjust.

Always remember that God loves you, me and everyone. Not just the believer but to the unbeliever with no conditions. Just simple and perfect kind of love.

The solution for our limited ability and supply to love is Gods unlimited capacity unconditional capacity to love us.

Do ponder on this thought and have a great week ahead. 🙂

Walk by Faith and Not by Sight

Hello everyone!

Sincere apologies for not writing for almost 3 months. It has been a different season altogether and a new season of fresh learning’s, revelations and decisions.

The past 2 – 3 months have not only been a blessing but also been a wonderful season and time with God. Allow me to share: I have a new work, new industry and with new responsibilities I am finding myself juggling my last leg of classes and studies. Despite by living a very packed schedule, I make it sure that I am spending ample time with God, having conversations, singing and praising Him every chance I get and sharing His word with my office mates and friends. And when I am down, tired or just living my day to day activities – He constantly pursues me, makes his presence felt and reminds me of my worth in Him. Overall, A season to blossom and deepen my love and Faith for God.

However, I cant help but notice that recently too I am faced with uncertainty, its not like I have never faced it before, but my situation now in particular has become quite extra challenging. I tried to make a practical time line for myself, make efforts to envision plans on what I want to do 6 months to 1 year from now – baby steps in shaping my future, but ultimately nothing materializes. I keep finding myself back to square one. Its still very foggy, very unclear on what happens a month from now, a week from now or even a day from now. As I pray for clarity and vision, I get one answer from God which is wait. Wait on me and I will take care of everything. Honestly its so hard especially if you are the type of person who wants to get things organized, lined up clear and fixed. Yet, despite my situation which my plans are jumbled, nothings clear yet everything goes by smoothly.

Walk by Faith and Not by Sight – may sound or even seem simple but it is definitely not easy, it requires a lot of trust and faith. Oftentimes its the best thing to do at this point because you not only surrender your thoughts but also completely rely on Him being the ultimate source paving the path to perfection – His perfect plan. It also gives you a worry free life and sleep which is completely priceless 🙂

Have you heard the song:  Everlasting by Chris Tomlin? The lyrics of the song goes something like.. ” Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord..”

God simply wants to take control of our plans and our life, after all He is the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end, the author and the perfector of our life who else would know what is best for us – but the person who created us.

Plant that seed and Nourish it well

What is everyone favorite word when it comes to getting things done? – “I will do it later.. or tomorrow or.. some other time..” That’s it! bottom line: Procrastinate.  The root cause of not being able to finish what we have started.

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Let me share with you my experience on how it has changed me in the past 15 days of January.

For the past few days, during lunch time, I have begun spending my time reading blogs of Pastor Paolo Punzalan, Pastor Joey Bonifacio, Joseph Bonifacio, and other inspirational blogs and suddenly I got an idea that I should start a blog too (Yes! for someone who never wrote a blog neither excellent at english – so pardon me if my grammar is not perfect) something kept telling me inside to go for it, so I started to do some research on how to start a blog, I did some research and asked friends which site is a good place to write blogs and eventually when lunch break was over I closed all the tabs and simply went back to work. Yet, I was not totally convinced, so I reopened the tab and said hmm this would probably take 2 mins and I took the plunge to register myself to an account.

(2 mins later..)

Tada! done “itssoniasblog” is now up and running and I felt wow! this is all it takes – to make that decision and take the FIRST step to it. I capitalized First because often times we get so caught up and start jumping all over the place and the next thing we know we get so overwhelmed and just say never mind, I will do it later, and eventually never do it or never finish it. This does not go with just New years resolutions but anything we do in life (generally) weather that would be writing an email to touch base with a friend we haven’t heard of in months or finishing a project in school, Yes! basically anything.

Plant that seed ( a good seed i hope) exercise your mind to think .. think not just out of the box but try something new something you want to do, or been wanting to do I encourage you to plant that seed – make that decision and go for it and once started, nourish it well (water it and take care of it with patience) so when you get that idea develop it daily, one step at a time and bring it to a finish with God’s perfect time and grace.

I am reminded of a verse a very famous one: Philippians 4:13 “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me” eventually if it is for God, for the goodness of not just you but everyone then yes, you will be guided and strengthened to have the wisdom of planting that seed and nourishing it well to watch it grow into a plant which bears the well deserved fruit.