Lesson of the day: the best way to cope with other people's challenges is to be thankful for their progress.
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I read this article today and loved how it describes the importance of having a quiet time in your daily routine.
I have done it myself and I can say it helps immensely. When I sit still (ie meditate) I get closer to God. I hear His guidance. I feel His presence. I receive His healing. I highly recommend meditation to everyone.
Having a daily moment of stillness also helps me get centered and ready to tackle whatever the day brings.
If you've never done it, here's how to start: sit on a comfortable place, put on some earplugs if there is noise nearby, and try not to think about anything. Just focus on your breath: how it feels when you inhale and your body expands, then how it feels when you exhale and your body contracts. Focus your thoughts and your mind only on your breathing. If other thoughts come to your mind, gently and lovingly bring your focus back to your breathing. Try to do that for about 15 min. It is helpful to close your eyes so that you remove the visual distractions in front of you.
Try it for a few days or weeks. Hopefully you will notice a difference in how your mind behaves. It will also help you gain control over it.
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Bible verse of the day:
“But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
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Verse if the day:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV
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Today I want to talk about a revelation I had a while ago: live in trust, in all aspects of your life.
Before I talk about living in trust, however, I want to talk about 2 ways we don't live in trust.
Trust vs. Control
The first one is to live trying to control your fate.
For the past 4 years I had been living trying desperately to control my fate:
- trying to control my professional fate by looking desperately for a job - sending 100s of resumes to all the job postings I could find
- trying to control my financial fate by accepting a low-paying job - because I was desperate for any income.
- continuing to try to control my financial fate by working tirelessly on side projects - hoping they would become more profitable than my current low-paying job.
- trying to control the fate of a relationship by trying to get a person close to me at any cost - I even tried bribing them by promising to pay for their tuition if they came to study where I live.
- continuing to try to control my financial fate by looking desperately for cheaper places to live - looking at real estate listings every single day, calculating how much I would pay for taxes, transportation, etc.
When you live in control, you are not living in trust. You don't trust that that your future will be positive unless you take control.
Trust vs. Fear
The second way that we don't live in trust is when we live in fear.
Fear is related to control.
I see fear as an attempt to control the future.
A few months ago, I used to live in fear:
- fear that the person who had drifted away from me would never come back - so I kept trying to control them and bring them back.
- fear that I would not be worthy of love (from myself and others) if I didn't keep my house sparkling clean 100% of the time - so I spent all my free time cleaning and doing other house chores.
- fear of getting some deadly disease - so I would freak out at any strange symptom I would have and run to the doctor.
Getting out of the pit
The stress from all that fear and need to control snowballed into anxiety and panic attacks. I brought myself out of that horrible emotional state with a lot of hard work - and no medication.
One of the main pillars of my healing was focusing on myself. Instead of trying to control my exterior circumstances, I shifted my attention to understanding what was happening in my mind.
After I understood the fears behind my need to control, I then worked on changing my negative thoughts and behaviours.
That boosted my self-esteem, and I had more consistent faith. I felt confident that whatever happened in my life, I would be ok. I would survive.
And that's when everything started changing:
- When I stopped trying to get a person to love me (and instead focused on loving myself) they started showing me love.
- When I stopped trying to get love from performing chores (and loved myself for who I am regardless of performance) I suddenly had free time to enjoy life.
- When I stopped running to the doctor to get a sense of security (and kept challenging my catastrophic thinking), I felt as healthy as a horse.
Living in Trust
Then, a while ago, I realised the connection between all the changes listed above: I was living in trust. And when, I did that, I finally got what I wanted. I didn't get it by trying to control my circumstances, but rather by trusting [God] that things would work out in my favour. I focused on love, inner peace and personal growth, and the rest took care of itself [or, God took care of the rest].
Following that, I had a revelation: I should trust God in every aspect of my life. Instead of trying to control my circumstances and trusting that my efforts will bring me what I want, it's better to live in Love and trust that God will bring me what I want.
- If I want a better job, I should meet people in my network and talk to them about what I want. Then trust that God will use the people in my life to bring me a better job.
- If I want to improve my financial situation, I should talk to people about what I would like my life to be like. Then let God work through them to give me suggestions or even put me in touch with someone who wants to help me financially.
- If I want to get someone close to me, I should focus on defining what kind of relationship I want. Then trust that God will put the right person (possibly not the one I originally asked for) in my life.
- If I want to give myself love, I should do what makes me happy. Then trust that I will be in such a good mood that chores won't feel as stressful or time consuming.
- If I want to believe that I'm healthy, I should focus on all the times the doctor said I was fine. Then trust that I am really ok.
So next time you are afraid, just focus on love and inner peace, and trust that things will work out.
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You might have heard the expression "we should have faith like a mustard seed". I have heard it a few times after I started listening to Christian ministers. I had never heard it before then.
For those interested, it seems to be in 2 places in the Bible:
- Luke 17:6 : "If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'; and it would obey you"
- Matthew 17:20: "(...) if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Today I will share 2 different interpretations of what that means, and why we don't see the results we ask for.
Interpretation #1 - The Problem is the Unbelief
According to Andrew Wommack's teaching, having faith the size of a mustard seed means that even if you have a little faith, that is enough.
Additionally, he says that everybody has the same amount of faith. According to Andrew's teaching, when God made us, he put the same amount of faith in everyone. We all have faith the size of a mustard seed.
The reason why some people see more results (ie, what they ask for comes true), is because they have less unbelief.
According to Andrew, as you grow in the Lord, you remove your unbelief, and your wishes will more easily come true.
Interpretation #2 - Quality and not Quantity
Watch this video from 11:27 to 17:38.
What a beautifully emotional and passionate segment!
In it, Joe Amaral explains that it is not the quantity of your faith that matters (ie, is it big or as small as a mustard seed), but rather the quality (are you as strong and tenacious as the mustard plant?).
Besides explaining, he also does a wonderful job of motivating the audience to be strong. If you need faith and encouragement, do watch that segment!
I understand Andrew's point, but at the same time, I see unbelief as lack of faith. In my opinion, he is still saying that the issue is the lack of faith. What he calls faith is the constant faith (as in "he is a man of faith") and what he calls unbelief is a temporary lack of faith (maybe due to stress, fear, etc).
For Joe Amaral, my criticism is regarding the requirement of understanding the culture in order to understand the passage.I believe it is important to understand the culture of Jeseus, but that alone doesn't help us fully understand what the Bible meant. One of the reasons why Christianity has so many denominations is because there can be many different interpretations to the same passage of the Bible - even after understanding Jesus' culture.
Some more food for thought:
- Do we ever fully understand a culture? Even when we were brought up in a certain culture, we sometimes only fully understand it once we travel and spend time in another one. Then what about a culture that is 2000 years and many continents removed from us?
- We will never clearly know what Jesus meant because He is not here to explain it to us. The Bible was written by the apostles (if I'm not mistaken) many years after Jesus gave the lessons. It was also written in one language, then translated into a few different languages before it was translated to English. A lot can be lost through time and translation, including cultural nuances.
I believe both interpretations are in fact complimentary. Having lack of unbelief (Andrew's interpretation) means being strong in your faith (Joe's interpretation). In other words, it means striving towards consistent faith.
My message is the following: be as persistent and as strong as a mustard plant, by working on building a consistent faith inside of you.
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18) Start looking for what God is doing and not for what he isn't doing.
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
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Pray to experience him, to recognise when He is working in your life - even in the little moments when He just lets you know He is there. For example, when little coincidences happen in your life.
[Joyce was thinking about what to teach in this conference, while moving some papers, and one of them fell from the shelf and when she picked it up she noticed it talked about anxiety. So she knew that God was telling her that that was the topic.]
Sometimes I screw up. Sometimes I think "how could I do that?", "what was I thinking?"
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If you have a bicycle and you wish you could afford a car, take good care of your bicycle.
Don't curse it or complain about it.
How can God give you a car if you can't even take care of a bicycle?
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Lesson of the day: What is your purpose in life? use your body and mind for something good [as opposed to just making money]. Think about what you'd like to do to make the world a better place. Focus on what you'd like to do to bring love, joy and peace to other people [as opposed to bringing money or closure to you].
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|Image by Felix Francis|
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This applies for both good and bad situations:
- if you don't imagine bad things, they are less likely to happen to you
- if you don't imagine/visualize what you want, you will never have it
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The monk told them that he had been travelling throughout the country, on his way to China.
The message I want to convey with this post is that we should stop trying to control our fate so much. Instead, give the control to God and have faith that everything will work out.
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How to make that decision? say out loud "stop" and immediately start doing a mindfulness activity (I will post some of my own mindfulness techniques later)
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Tip 1: Use that time as a measure to know how close you are to Him.
Tip 2: To get closer to Him, always be thankful for when the time was shorter than you expected.
A great way to do that is to buy yourself flowers. It sounds silly, but it worked for me.
I had fun at the flower shop, pretending that I was buying them for someone else.
I looked at the options and asked myself "what would she like?".
I gladly accepted.
I had fun again writing myself some loving words.
When you are feeling sad, unloved or rejected, you know better than anybody else what you would like to hear.
Nobody else in that flower shop knew that I was buying the flowers for myself.
It made the activity even more special and intimate.
Nobody else on that street knew that I was giving myself a wonderful gift.