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Sunday at St Joseph’s

Matthew 16:20-27

20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Jesus Predicts His Death

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Mondayy.

No one can always please everyone, were humans, sometimes we make mistakes of prioritising something or someone that is not right or meant for us. its better to focus on the people who loves and appreciate you. Living life to the fullest meant loving life that feels joyous and beautiful on the inside, embracing its ups and even downs, knowing that there will be moments of more ups or more downs and moments of both in balance. Life is too short to let yourself get anchored with the pain from the past, yes it would be necessary for the processs of healing to give respect and allow yourself to have some time to grief, as much as you must trust and let yourself get to the stage of acceptance, moving on and reach a renewed life with a renewed faith. 

Sometimes we dont have to understand everything that doesnt make sense. Simplicity gives the fullest life, complacency is the heart of gratitude, 

A talk with a friend (: Grateful indeed.

We can keep on trying, as hard and as much as we can, we may never know if we will get what we desire, but I guess thats life, sometimes nothings for sure, even if we dont know whats waiting on that destination, we just have to take a step of faith, because its not about whats in there, or how fast we get there, its about the faith.

Speaking the unspoken, Can I believe on guardian angels?

"Gustong gusto ko na kausapin sya ate, I wanted to respect my mother, but everytime I get reminded of the excruciating pain to be denied of the right as a daughter to be welcomed, consoled and loved by my mother, everytime she pushes me away when I approach her, my spirit weakens, my hope degrades, the strength I thought was enough falters. What happened last night, confirmed my doubts if she truly cared for me to a believable extent? I needed to believe I have a mother who loves me, I wanted to, so badly, but I cant, I’d be fooling myself to think she still wants to love me, despite of all the things she did and said, behind my back and didn’t do. Im only human i can say ate, I bleed when I get stabbed, despite the lack of any humility or apology from them, I choose to turn to God for the healing of forgiveness, for the peace of mind and freedom from the anchor of uncertainties. I have gone above and beyond for us. Maybe this is the great disadvantage for people who love too much, they tend to get hurt as much, be taken for granted. I guess in relationships, giving too much can spoil a person as much as giving too less can raise doubts. I just never thought it was possible that loving too much can be a mistake. The way I see it, we have choices, I want to choose the truth, what is real, right, fair and just. I choose to head the lessons, wisdom to not allow this to happen again and to help others suffering a similar situation. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me- Philippians 4:13. Gods word for the weary soul. I pray we will always have the strength for God’s will on our lives. If it be Gods will, may I be a light for others too. I surrender my shortcomings, may I learn to correctly adjust my expectations and manage my sensitivity. I pray, if its according to his will, for our peace of mind, ill manage to settle my problems, find a job and move out to give each other a space.. i pray for the right time for the right things to be done. Thank you ate benia, for talking this through with me today, youll be my guardian angel despite the stress it brings up, ill pray for what is good and right, Hope you have a good rest We didnt pray before parting kanina ate, but here is a prayer i hope to share for today."

Thank you, Lord, for being there for me and allowing me to cry out to you in my times of need. It is amazing to me that the Lord of the Universe would take time to listen to me and to care about what I say. God, there are things happening around me right now that I do not understand. Some of these things make me feel weak, and doubtful. Even in the midst of this, I know that you are the Lord. I know that the situation is in Your hand, and I trust You. I beseech you for strength and for wisdom that I would be able to endure this situation and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory to Your name. In Jesus name. Amen.

Lord, I also lift up before you today I know that you care for your people. Right now, my friend is struggling with a difficult trial. I can see her strength is faltering, Lord, and know that you have all of the strength that she needs. I pray that you will reach down and touch her right now wherever she is at this moment. Let your presence fill the room where she is and let her feel an extra portion of your strength that can help her to get through this day. She needs you now, Lord, and I thank you in advance for meeting her where she is and shoring up her strength during this difficult time. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

James 5:16 says, “Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

A prayer

Father, I know that you have a plan for my life that is bigger than what I can accomplish on my own. Please guide me and show me the steps to take to reach that plan and start putting it into action. Bring the people into my life who will help me accomplish that plan, and protect me from those who would try EXPLOIT THAT VISION FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH BENEFITS. I commit my way to you knowing that you are the one to bring it about, not me. Thank you Lord, Amen.

Jeremiah 29:11,13, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give hope and a future. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Pay it forward.

God gave every believer a spiritual gift, To fulfill one of his purposes- to teach us to love and depend on each other. When we use our gifts together, we all benefit  The bible says” A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping  the entire church”. God planned it this way so we would need each other. 

Two common problems about gifts are “gift-envy” and “gift projection”.Gift envy occurs when we compare our gifts with others, feel dissatisfied with what God gave us. Gift projection happens when we expect everyone else to have our gifts, do what we are called to do, and feel as passionate about it as we do.

Your spiritual gifts were not given for your own benefit but for the benefit of others, just as other people were given gifts for your benefit. 

The Beatitudes - Matthew 5:3–12 

Blessed are…

  • …the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:3)
  • …those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
  • …the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
  • …those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
  • …the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
  • …the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
  • …the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
  • …those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”