Thy Will Be Done

-Daily Devotion-

“Thy will be done” is a call to arms. It is an offensive declaration of God’s protection and good plans for us. It is saying “not my will” and “not the devil’s will”.

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Defender

 

Raining arrows come. And there will be misses, but at least one will unrelentingly find me. It will pierce through at the precise moment when the last drop of blood clots. Thus, reopening the wound that has already bled a million times. But there will come a time when the vulnerability so thoroughly beaten, will finally break and shatter, powdered into dust, and become one with the atmosphere, and then- then there will be none to pierce, none to wound, none to abuse, none to receive sharp-tongued arrows that know nothing but destroy and produce bloody chaos.

Because then, my Defender will shine. I will hide away and let my Shield take front.

 

What About Love?

Here are some of the things I’ve learned in maintaining a happy relationship, while growing spiritually, with Jesus as our rock. 🙂

 

Love and Know Jesus

2 Corinthians 6:14
“Do not be unequally yoked with non-beleivers.”

Both of you should know your identity and worth in Jesus Christ. Know that in Him, you are whole and that you don’t need a partner to acknowledge your physical, mental and emotional attributes. Love Jesus above all, and you’ll find it easy to love everyone else.

 

Pray together and for each other

Develop spiritual maturity together. The solution to every problem is in His Word. The blood of Jesus covers every believer and no work of the enemy shall ever prevail. Feed each other with words of encouragement that is grounded on the love of Jesus. Remind each other that you are God’s favorite and He makes all things work together for your good. Make God the rock of your relationship, that in your weakness, He is your strength.

Guard your heart

Love your partner with a faithful heart. When problems arise, don’t find an ally against your partner. Don’t find comfort from someone else. Internal problems should be discussed between the two of you first and foremost, and not with others who may not have the objectivity or maturity to give good advice. If you need comfort, peace or advice, do this: Seek comfort from Jesus, not from people who will say bad things about your partner/relationship. Seek peace from Jesus, not from thoughts that have not been proved. Seek advice from people who have experience with relationships AND who are spiritually mature.

Guard your heart, as well as your mouth. Respect each other, and refrain from hurting each other (with words or actions) when feeling extreme emotions. Don’t lash out when angry. Guarding your heart, is guarding your relationship.

Respect individuality

Set individual goals. And set goals for your relationship. It is important to maintain individuality so the two of you can learn from each other. Love is not possession. Love is not about controlling the other. Have different interests, have different friends. Trust that at the end of the day, the both of you will fall back into each other’s arms, with new stories and lessons to share.

My Strength

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In a place so crowded
In the darkest of nights
In destructive chaos
In the deafening sound

In suffocating heat
In harsh environments
In ruthless transgressions
In false accusations

In lonesome solitude
In apparent unpeace
In failure and unease
Insurmountable fears

It’s Your face I seek
It’s Your warmth I need
In Your arms I’ll rest
My Father, my Strength.

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by Adrienne Luzanne

Cut me in pieces, and I will still know who I am

Feed me lies, and I will remain where I am

Wrap me in chains, and I will find freedom

Cover me with darkness, and I will still see His Kingdom

I Am Fine

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I must have cried a million times
I must have hurt more than you can count
I could have given up anytime

But He watches over me
He reaches out and heals my heart
His love covers me
And I am fine

I have won and celebrated
I have all that I need and more
Good has taken over most of my life

Because He watches over me
He reaches out and holds my heart
His love covers me
And I am more than fine

In ups and downs, high and low
I call upon the same
There is only one Name
Jesus, because of You
Everything will surely be fine

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by Adrienne Luzanne

I’m not saying yes. I’m not saying no. I’m saying I believe.
I believe in the plans He has for me.
Someone told me, “Sobrang mahal ka ni Lord, hindi ka Niya hahayaang masaktan.” (Thanks kuya!) And I realized that goes whether things would happen the way I wanted them to, or not. Because things will always go the way He planned them. And His way is always the best way.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Take sure steps, and don’t do things half-heartedly. Surely, the Lord will guide you, if you just lift everything up to Him, and have faith. These are words that are constantly drilled into my heart and mind, but it takes a certain turning point, tons of reflection, and constant prayers for the message to really sink in.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” 1 John 4:18 (KJV)

And now, His perfect love has cast out all fears. I can rest assured that my God has my life, and my heart, in His hands. And He carries it ever so gently. He walks slowly and surely on solid ground so that my heart remains steady and unshaken.

My Greatest Comfort

I flip the pages and stall.
Make either the days grow long,
or the time slow down.

is what I thought.

I lie down and close my eyes.
Should I rest now or later?
is what I pondered.

I almost whined.
But then You asked to talk.
And I said, “Alright, I guess .”
Then I realized,
Not ‘I guess’. Not ‘I should’
But ‘I want to’
Because the only one
who never disappoints,
is You.

And just the thought of that,
makes me smile,
gives me peace,
gives me strength.

🙂

An hour past midnight, and my heart is thumping.

Because I am anguished.
For the times lost that I could never relive,
for the happiness that was only a reprieve.

Because I am anxious.
For being mundane and powerless to know the “will’s”
If I can just glimpse on the “then’s” of my “if’s”
then instead of this thumping, my heart shall trill

Because I am thankful.
For the brighter side of things,
and the endless strength only You can give.

I may turn away for awhile,
just to catch my breath and ask why,
for a moment just let me hide.
Though my weakness are wide,
in the end, and always- I know,
I am Your child.

Absolute Perfection

I raised my eyebrows as disappointment after disappointment washed over me.

I expected perfection and I expected totality.

But my eyes failed to see, so I acted rashly:

With shoulders slumped in defeat,

My foot was on the lead,

What’s the point? It was just a front.

So why should I? When they’re mostly lies.

But then I realized I have forgotten to look unto You,

instead I looked into what others do.

Again, I focused on the wrong prize. And so I found it hard to cry.

But today as I sang, I felt and I cried.

Because what I saw, when I finally looked,

was the most wonderful, beautiful, and glorious Father,

eternally matchless, loving me unconditionally, irrevocably.

He is the absolute perfection that undermines all imperfections.

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