I, Isaac, take thee, Rebekah (favorite book)

“To the young woman I say, this is the moment in your life when he who is wooing you will be at his kindest. And if you do not see kindness in the man you are dating, beware! For the partnership you are looking for will be nourished and nurtured only on the basis of love that is not arrogant or prideful, but kind.
The first two clues to a godly marriage, parental counsel and the commitment of the will its flip side of kindness, “

  • Ravi Zacharias

I, Isaac, take thee, Rebekah (moving from romance to lasting love) written by: Ravi Zacharias.

I have had this book since 2017 and I didn’t finish reading it until this year, I intentionally told myself to read this book and finish it.
And by God’s grace, I’ve finished reading it. And my opinion about this book that now I understand why my previous relationships were failed. First, I wasn’t ready to be a wife. Second, I compromise a lot and third, I didn’t ask permission from my parents nor seek counsel, and most of all, I didn’t ask God.

Also, my mind and my heart opened to the reality of marriage. I thought before that marriage is just to walk down the aisle and to see the man standing waiting for you to arrive at the altar and forget the world.
I forgot the right process, I forgot my parents, my family, and my friends, even myself. I always choose shortcuts and because of that, I faced a lot of consequences and heartaches.
Thus, the unhealthy me will possibly have an unhealthy marriage.
Moreover, this book leads me to serve more God and to understand more His sovereignty. And to experience more of His grace and to be the woman that God wants me to be.
Then, as a single woman, I understand what does I Do mean and also, the risk of saying I Do if God is not in me and him.

Lastly, late Ravi shared also some of his marriage experiences together with his wife which I could say that there’s no perfect marriage but it will be stronger and lasting if it’s founded by God.

Find strength in every weakness

Find strength in every weakness

By: Julpha Jean Olinao

‘’ He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds’’ – Psalm 147: 3

Being broken doesn’t mean you failed. It just means that God allows you to be broken because He lifted you from the pit of a wrong relationship. 

A relationship that does not align with God’s purpose and God’s design was not followed.   

I was broken and it’s not easy because it happened during this pandemic. 

Everything was limited and restricted. And I am far from my family then am also a front liner.  

And my question is, am I going to entertain my brokenness? 

But I forgot about it because during my healing process God led me to His presence. 

During this time I am very weak and stressed but I just rested in His presence and trust Him for making me whole again. 

‘’Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong’’ 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NKJV)  

Furthermore, God is a promise keeper as it is written in Matthew 5:34 (NKJV) ‘’ But I say to you, do not swear at all; neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne ’’. Indeed, He made me whole again not by my efforts but by His grace. 

As written, ‘’My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me ’’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) 

Start ANEW Life With The LORD

As this year started, I asked the LORD how He will going to surprise me in 2021.

Because of my experienced last year, it’s unexpected and worth it.

The seven months of my 2020 is more draining, knowing it all, not listening, negativity, and broken and no personal relationship with the LORD.

It’s not easy anyway because it’s almost three years that I haven’t taken it seriously who God is in my life.

But in those three years, God didn’t stop working in my life.

He is in the business of my life inside in those three years.

Even if I am in that wilderness of life, God didn’t allow me to keep going in that darkness.

And in the next five months, God removed my pride in my heart and plucked out my eyes.

Then, I saw that he is working and a way maker of my life.

And I’ve experienced the love that never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Because of their prayers, I am healed and back to the LORD wholeheartedly.

I am whole again because of GOD.

And now, I am ready to face the unknown of 2021 because I have God.

Who wants me to start ANEW life that is full of faith, hope and love.

Blessed happy new year.

Be Immovable

Continue striving for the LORD day by day because no matter where we are and what state we are now in our lives , we are called by God according to His will and for His purpose.

Just remember ‘’ for He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet’’ 1 Cor. 15: 25 and ‘’the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death’’ 1 Cor. 15: 26

We may feel tired,

We may think quitting is the best option,

We may see no more chances,

We may find no improvements,

Just remember that as written that ‘’ I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So, then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor ‘’ 1 Cor. 3: 6-8

‘’ but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ ‘’ 1 Cor. 15: 57

And as it is written, ‘’ therefore, ,my beloved brethren, ne ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord ‘’ 1 Cor. 15: 58

‘’And now abideth in faith, hope , charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity’’ 1 Cor. 13:13 (KJV)

God Sustains

It’s okay to feel tired but never give up.

Are you physically tired ? JUST PRAY

Are you mentally drained? JUST PRAY

Just call the LORD and He will faithfully answers.

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