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Heartache, Why?

heartache and pain

Ecclesiastes 1:18


For with great wisdom comes great frustration;

whoever increases his knowledge merely increases his heartache.

 When I write a blog for my website, I think of ways to inspire others. I do not know what that is, but I figured that if I have struggled, experienced, or learned from my own difficulties, others might have done the same. Over the weekend, I experienced a heart-breaking situation. I am dealing with the different emotions that are going through my head, and realize that things happen for a reason. God allows us to go through situations so that we can learn from the experience, grow as individuals, and have more faith in him.

Learn from the experience

There are times that we do not want to experience heartache, but we do. We question, why did this happen? Even though, we do not understand the reason, we do understand that there must have been one. As time passes by, we see that had it happened the way we wanted it and had we not suffered a heartache, it could have had negative and complicated consequences that were not comprehensible at the time. We take the experience we place it somewhere in our subconscious, and if faced with it again, we know what needs to be done. Although, at the time, we suffered, we learned from the experience.


Grow as individuals

Hard knocks, or life experiences, once we have learned from them, help us grow as individuals. As we go through life, we gain insight, knowledge, and wisdom. All three are good for personal growth. Insight gives us a better look at situations, knowledge gives us a better understanding of things that happen, and wisdom gives us prudence when faced with different situations.


More faith in God

We face an infinite number of situations in life, for which we are not prepared. Life does not have a How-To book that we can open up and follow each time we need guidance. However, our knowledge of faith helps us make the best decisions when God is consulted. Does that make it easier? Does it make it harder? Does it have any impact at all? The answer is within us. Do you believe in God? Do you not believe in God? Do you rather not even think in those terms? Then the answer will be dependent on you, your faith, and your belief. Faith in God, like anything else, is a personal choice. I choose to believe God exists, and I choose to believe that having faith in him, allowing him to guide my life, and giving him control of my worries and problems, provide the best way to understand the reason why things happen.

When I am faced with a heartache, I reason that there must be a lesson to be learned. I look for the lesson and I apply it to my life so that I can grow in insight, knowledge, and wisdom. I put my faith in God, I allow him to guide me, and in the end, he provides the reason or reasons why I had to go through the experience. It does not make it any easier. I still hurt, cry, and question, but I remember that with faith, I can overcome and arise to be a better person, a better individual, and a better witness for him.

 

 

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Inner Voice

inner voice

When we make a decision on what to do, we all have an inner voice that wrestles with our thoughts, and guides us. That inner voice is the Holy Spirit. It speaks to us and helps us to understand the difference between right and wrong. As we get older, our knowledge is greater and our conscious works harder at making the right decisions. When we make the right decision, we feel peace, when we make the wrong decision we feel guilt. Do you listen to your inner voice? Do you allow it to guide you in your decisions? Do you feel peace, or guilt?

Peace

We are faced with decisions to make, from the moment we get up until the moment we go to sleep. We need to decide on simple things as much as we need to decide on complex things. The simple decisions may not carry major consequences, but the complex ones may. How do we know what is the right decision that will bring peace?

First, we need to consult God. Ask him for guidance and listen to what he has to say. He answers us in his time, so we need to be patient and wait.

Ecclesiastes

7:8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; likewise, patience is better than pride.

Lamentations

3:26 It is good to wait patiently for deliverance from the Lord.

Second, we need to rationalize the consequences of the decisions we make. Once we do this step, then we need to understand if the consequences are positive or negative.

If the consequences are negative, can we avoid them? If it cannot be avoided, can we live with the decision in peace? If we cannot live with the decision in peace, then we need to look for other avenues that we have not followed. Take a second look at the decision and look for other ways to change it into a positive outcome.

If the consequences are positive, how do we know is the right decision?

We know is the right decision, because when we consult God, we will have peace in our hearts, we will have no doubts, and we will have a positive outcome.

Psalms

72:1 For Solomon.

O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions!

Grant the king’s son the ability to make fair decisions!

Guilt

When we make a decision that makes us feel guilty, then we have not made the right decision.

Guilt stays in us and does not allow us to feel good about what was decided. Guilt eats away in our minds. When we feel guilty of anything we have decided, then we are listening to the inner voice that is guiding us along. It is letting us know that something is not right.

The Holy Spirit convicts us and does not allow us to feel peace. However, if we confess our guilt to God, talk to him through prayer, and listen to his guidance or teaching, then we can release the feeling of guilt and replace it with peace.

Ezra

9:6 I prayed, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face to you, my God! For our iniquities have climbed higher than our heads, and our guilt extends to the heavens.

Every decision we make has two possibilities. It can be negative, or positive, peaceful or guilty. As individuals, we are free to make any decision we want. However, as a child of God, every decision we make, needs to be guided by the Holy Spirit, the inner voice that tells us what is right or what is wrong. If we, patiently, listen to our inner voice, will be making the right decision.


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Positive Thinking

Proverbs


3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.

3:6 acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.

3:8 this will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your inner self. 

Romans

5:3 we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

5:4 and endurance, character, and character, hope.

5:5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts

It is not always easy to have positive thoughts. There are circumstances that can create negativity. It is easy to think that no matter what has happened, nothing positive can come out of it. So, how can we change the way we think? Not easily, of course. To change the way we think takes time and effort, a change in heart, and faith in God.

Time and Effort

Why do I say we need time and effort? Because time always heals wounds and effort is the work we put into changing the way we think. With the passage of time, our mind tends to forget some details. If the situation was dangerous or even life threatening, our mind starts hiding away the hurtful details to allow the healing process to begin. It does this to protect us and give us a reference point from where we can begin to see “the light at the end of the tunnel.”

When faced with a negative situation, we can put effort into working out the circumstances for the better. We may seek counseling if it affected our emotional state, we can look for a better opportunity, if we lost our job, or we can change our interaction with others, if it was a situation where our actions where the cause.

Time and effort helps to heal our mind, reinvent ourselves, or rethink the way we do, experience or confront situations and circumstances.

A Change in Heart

Our hearts are easily broken, but we can learn to heal them. How can we heal a broken heart? The only way I know is to cry and let it out. Sometimes we cry when we hurt. If we cry, tears flow. When our heart is filled with despair, hurt, and deception, it overflows and tears leak to relief its containment. Tears release our emotional state and help with our self-healing.

Other times, we let it out, either we scream aloud, or we scream in silent. When we are hurt, letting it out aloud or silently, releases our anger, sadness, or pain. It feels good to do so, because we are not allowing the emotion to control us, but we are allowing it to flow out of us.

A change in heart comes after one of this two actions. After a good cry, we tend to be calmer, see the situation better, and can come to terms with what happened. When we let it out, we release our feelings and can begin healing from within. Both provide a starting point for the healing process while promoting a change of heart. If our heart was filled with thoughts of revenge, resentment, or hatefulness, we can take this time to change the thoughts into positive thoughts of healing, possibilities, and recuperation.

Faith

The most important step we can take to think positive when a situation seems hopeless is to have faith in God that he will turn around the situation. We may fall into despair and believe there is no way that we can get through. Doom and helplessness may control our thoughts. However, God is always with us. He holds our hands when we need assistance, and he carries us when we feel we cannot go on. Even if we do not understand they why’s and how’s, we can be assured that he is in control and he already has declared victory over your circumstances.

Sometimes there are circumstances that we must endure to gain strength, hope, and trust.


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Temptation, Thoughts, and Overcoming

 

1 corinthians 10 13
It is remarkable how our mind works. We have millions of thoughts that run through it.  As our daily lives continue, we struggle. Temptation comes our way and we think about it. We wonder whether to act on it or overcome it. Our best choice would be to overcome it. However, it is easier said than done.

So, how can we overcome thoughts brought about by temptation? Well, we can chose to do the right thing, if it is too much to handle, we can take it to God in Prayer, or if we feel we are about to cave in, we give it to God to handle.

1 Corinthians 10

 

13  No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others.  And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Choose to do the right thing

The problem with thoughts that carry temptation is that we are at risk of acting upon them. We can be tempted in so many ways that our reasoning could be curved and influenced into thinking is ok to go through with them. Unfortunately, if we act upon them, we now face guilt, shame, and many other convictions that we must live with.

Thoughts can flood our minds and run through it like a mad river. We obsess over the object of our temptation and we come up with many scenarios on how to justify acting upon our tempting thoughts.

Our mind is a wondrous machine that can video play many of the outcomes with vivid results that can entice us into stepping into the forbidden world.  However, as Christians, we have the guidance of the Holy Spirit that can help us discern right from wrong. It is its influence that will carry us through and help us do the right thing.

Luke 12

 12  for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you must say.”  

Take it to God in prayer

If the thoughts are too much to bear and we are failing at doing the right thing, talk to God, talk to Jesus, and pray to be helped. It is ok to admit we are weak and we need help. God only gives us trials that we can bear. If we are failing at doing the right thing, ask for help.

The benefit of being a Christian is that we are never alone. God is on our sidelines watching us, leading us, and listening to us. Let him lend you a hand with your problem. Like the loving father that he is, he will hold your heart and help you through any situation.

Psalm 118

 7  The Lord is on my side  as my helper. 

Give it to God to handle

Hmm! How many of us are willing to take on other’s burdens? Some of us are. However, God is always willing to take on our burdens. If we feel we can’t do the right thing, or prayer is not sufficient, then give God your problem. Let him be the one that deals with it. Let him handle it. Wow! Really? YES>>>>>>>

When God knows that we can no longer bear the problem, thought, or temptation, he provides a way out. That is him. He is our way out. Give him your thoughts. Give him your temptations. Let him carry you through.

Psalm 55

22  Throw your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.

 It is not easy to go through with the above, but fervent belief, faith that is unconditional, and love for the truth will be our Holy Spirit’s guidance and advice. Pray to God and let him help. Finally, give God all you can’t bear. Let him be the one that solves our problems, removes our burdens, and opens up our hearts to be filled with inner peace.

God be with us today and always. 


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February 13 – Verse for the Day

ephesians 5 21

 

Verse of the Day

Ephesians 5:20-21

always giving thanks to God the Father for each other  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 

Prayer for the Day

Thank you, Lord for family, friends, and loved ones. I thank you for each and every one of them. It is to them that I must witness for you, each day of my life.

 


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Trusting God: He Leads the Way

 

psalms 119.105
A few weeks ago, I was faced with circumstances that tested my faith. I wondered if there was going to be a solution to the problem I was facing. It seemed that everything surrounding me was spiraling down without end.

It all started in December, changes started happening that did not seem to have any correlation to the end result. However, all changes did have a correlation. They all intertwined and made all the pieces fall into place.

What happened?

I needed to make decisions in my life that would affect the lives of others. What I did not know was that God had other plans made.

The Wonders of God

Even though, I thought I had it all figured out, nothing came to be the way I planned it. I think the wonders of God are never ceasing. He manages to show his face and wisdom and takes control of all we trust him with.

When I was making decisions, I was talking to him. When all was falling apart, I was trusting him. When all was resolved, I gave him the praise.

God leads us in unknown paths. However, he does not let us fall into darkness if we have full trust in him. When all seemed to dim around me, he placed a torch in front of my path that made it clear where I needed to step next. How wonderful? I did not have to stray or fall. His light was so bright that I did not lose my way.

Psalm 119

105 נ Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path.

Calmness in the Storm

There was a storm amidst my life. Clouds of trouble stacked one of top of the other. The problems rained and flooded my mind, yet I was calm. Those around me said that I was not showing concern for the situation we were faced with. However, that was not true.

I was trusting God. I decided not to worry, for all would be resolved if I continued to allow God to be in control. It was a great test of faith. It was a test like no other. I felt peace within my heart. My mind tried to worry as my human nature would surface, but my heart continued to be at peace. I passed the test. He resolved. He controlled. He lead my path.

Philippians 4

 

6 Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.

 

7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The Answer Was Clear

When God decided it was time, he intervened, gave me the correct answer, and all the pieces fell in place. It was amazing. There were no doubts, no more problems, all was resolved, in a matter of minutes everything that seemed impossible became possible.

God is so amazing. Each time he shows himself in my life, he makes it clear to me that it was his doing. Why? Because there is no other explanation for the end result. He tested me and I passed the test.

I Corinthians

13 And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.


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God Guides: We Pray and Listen

proverbs

The New Year has arrived full of hopes and dreams. A fresh new outlook to the world we live in. Yet, is another day following the day before, absolutely nothing special about that fact. However, because it is the mark of a new year, many fill themselves with new hopes, resolutions, and possibilities. I will be doing the same, but like many, I will do all those things with God’s guidance.

God provides guidance. We listen. Sometimes, we do not like his guidance. We tend to ignore it. Why would we do that? Maybe, because we do not want to do what he wants us to. How can we ignore him? We can do so easily, but the consequences may be negative in the end.

When I hear God guiding me, I listen. I have to. He knows what is best for me. Even though, my human nature wants to question it, I need to listen. He has laid a path for me. He knows the course I need to take. He knows where I am headed. He knows where I will end up if I listen, and he knows where I will end up If I don’t.

Life is difficult as it is. Why complicate it more than it needs to be? There is no reason to do so. How can we listen, understand, and do the right thing? The answer is to pray to God not only to guide us, but also to help us listen to his guidance.

Prayer is the only communication we have with him. The Bible tells us to pray. It goes as far as telling us to pray in secret.

Matthew

6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room, 8  close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

Why in secret? It is not because he wants us to hide. It is because in secret we find ourselves in a place where we are free of distractions, we can pour our hearts out to him, and we are praying to communicate with him.

In secret, we pray quietly, we have peace in our surroundings, and we can listen. I forget sometimes. A simple command and I forget to follow it. I struggle every day to stay close to him. Life has so many demands which can easily distract me and take me away from him.

What if we cannot find a quiet place to pray. Then pray anywhere or anytime you find it necessary. It is best to speak with him, let him know what is in our hearts, than not do so at all.

Same way we remember to go to sleep each day, we should remember God in our lives. He is the one constant we have. He is willing, ready, and able to converse with us. He stops everything to listen to us. When others do not have time for us, he always does.

In the New Year, continue to have dreams and hopes. Be filled with faith. Speak with God, pray to him, and listen. I am going to continue doing what he expects from me. With him by my side, who can be against me? No one can be. What can I accomplish? Everything and so can you. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives; let us make it the best one yet. In the beginning, he remembered you and me. Let us emember him today.

Proverbs

8:22 The Lord created me as the beginning of his works,  

before his deeds of long ago.

 

8:23 From eternity I was appointed,

from the beginning, from before the world existed.


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Falsely Accused

deuteronomy 20 4

  • Has anyone accused you of committing an act for which you had no guilt?

  • Has anyone falsely witnessed against you?

  • Have you been a victim of a lie?

 If you have,

  •  Did you defend yourself?
  • Did you get angry?

  • Did you retaliate?

  • Did you ask God to forgive them?

  • Did you pray for God to intervene and fix the situation?

  • Did you let God have control?

Hopefully, you asked God to forgive them, intervene and fix the situation, and allowed him to have control.

I have been in that situation, and at different times in my life, I have done all of the above. However, when I allowed God to have control, the situation was fixed by him. Why? Because I prayed to him to handle it, I waited for him to take care of it, and I saw the results. They may have not been immediate, but they were at the right time, his time.

 When we ask God to forgive them

 Not only, do we need to forgive the person, but we also need to ask God to forgive them. Why? Most people that falsely accuse others do so with intentions to hurt, damage, and humiliate. It is not easy to forgive them, but it is what we are commanded to do. If we ask God to forgive them, he will deal with them in his way. God has a way of teaching lessons that persons can learn from.

By asking God to forgive them, we are saying “God, take a look at this person. Check them out. They need your help. They need your guidance. Please have mercy on them and teach them about your love and understanding.” God knows everything and sees everything, but there is nothing wrong with asking him to notice someone. There is nothing wrong with interceding on their behalf.

  Psalm 86

    86:5      Certainly O Lord, you are kind  and forgiving,

                  and show great faithfulness to all who cry out to you.

 When we pray for God to intervene and fix the situation

 It is very easy to become angry when a person has falsely accused us. It is just as easy to retaliate and give the person a piece of our mind. But, what can we accomplish, besides getting angry? Not much.

 However, when we pray for God to intervene and fix the situation, then we have no need to get angry. We put our concern in his hand. We allow him to take over, and he looks for ways to ensure that the situation is corrected.

 We pray to God to let him know what happened. He knows our heart. He knows that we have been falsely accused. Who better to defend us than he who knows the truth beyond a reasonable doubt?

 Jeremiah

        29:12     When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your  prayer.         

        29:13     When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you                  seek me with all your heart and soul, 

        29:14     I will make myself available to you, says the Lord. 

 When we let God Have Control

 After we ask God to forgive the other person, and after we ask him to intervene and fix the situation, we need to let him have full control. We need not intervene. We need not worry.

 When he is control, he will guide any step we take. He will direct any words we say. He will continue to work on what is needed until he declares victory over our accuser. Once he is in control, all we need to do is wait. In his time, he will triumph over our situation.

Deuteronomy

        20:4      for the Lord your God goes with you to fight on your behalf against  your enemies to give you victory.

 Do no let your anger be your guide. Do not let pride take over. Do not let revenge be what feeds you.

 Seek God on all you do. Seek God on all you want to do. Pray, ask, and wait.

Have faith. Have hope. God will answer. God will guide you. God will take care of you.

Today, tomorrow, and always. 


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Good Morning

Good morning, two words in our vocabulary that have multiple meaning and many implications. Together, they are used as a statement of common courtesy and an implication of politeness. It is used as a greeting, or as a statement of our day’s expectations.

 I love hearing my grandson say good morning, grandma. He always smiles when he says it. At only four years old, he understands the meaning. Good morning is a wish that we make towards the person we say it to. It is a statement intended to make the person feel good, otherwise, why would we accompany it with a smile?

How nice is it to walk about, and someone that walks by, smiles, and says good morning. It makes me feel good, I am sure it makes you feel good, too. As life passes by, sometimes we forget that the little details mean so much. In days of old, men, gallantly tipped their hat, and women nodded their head as they passed by each other. People acknowledged each other and affirmed their presence.

 In today’s society, few still say good morning. Most walk by, and avoid each other like the plague. I have seen people go out of their way to make sure no visual contact was established. I believe we have been taught courtesy and politeness, but why do some practice it? Why, some do not?

Here is my take on it.

Some People Practice courtesy and politeness for the following effects:

  •  A sense of “feel good”
  • A sense of acknowledgment

  • A sense of validation

  • A sense of meaning

  • A sense of courtesy

  • A sense of politeness

 Some People do not practice courtesy and politeness for the following effects:

  •  A sense of degradation
  • A sense of anonymity

  • A sense of invisibility

  • A sense of caution

  • A sense of rudeness

  • A sense of self-absorption

 The decadence of courtesy, manners, and politeness is visible in today’s societies. A common behavior previously practiced, is vaporizing in front of our eyes. Are we so preoccupied with technology, gadgets, and electronics that we have forgotten social interaction? Social media does a great job at keeping up with each other, but it is not a substitute for our daily human interaction.

Positive human interaction provokes emotional reactions that when acted upon can bring feelings of acknowledgement, validation, meaning, and acceptance. Maybe if we do it more often, we can change the decadence into increase.

Negative human interaction provokes emotional reactions that when acted upon bring feelings of invisibility, degradation and alienation. The continuous exposure to negative interaction eventually contributes to the decadence of courtesy, manners, and politeness.

 Take a step for the better and put your two cents in. Help change the decadence into increase. Take a second. If someone walks by, acknowledge, validate, and give him or her a little meaning. Tip your hat, nod you head, smile and while you are at it let the words flow out.

SAY GOOD MORNING

SAY GOODNIGHT

SAY HELLO

SAY GOODBYE

SAY SOMETHING

You may never know if the person you acknowledged needed validation. You may never know if the person you spoke to needed to feel accepted. You may never know if the person you said good morning to needed a little meaning in their life. You may never know if your words made a difference. Even if you never know what significance your words had, the person you validated, made feel accepted or gave a little meaning in their life, does know, and that makes all the difference.