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Happy, healthy, hopeful…

…blessed, lovely, and peaceful 2018 to all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How’s your new year going? All good? I hope. ๐Ÿ™‚

As I write this, 2 January, 2018, it’s all good. I had a good start, thank and praise God! ๐Ÿ™‚

I was able to do some reflection, bible reading, I wrote my faith declaration for the year, prayer requests for family and friends, some goals which I offer and surrender all to God, the hope of glory. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the last day of 2017, I attended the church service at VictoryFort. Before I attended it, I prayed to God to speak to me and guide me through the pastor’s message. Pastor Joey’s central message is about HOPE. You may listen to his message thru this link. I love the message and it was exactly what I needed from the Lord. I’m grateful to be reminded how great, how loving, how powerful, how generous, how mighty our Father God is, His unchangeable character and time-tested word [are] enough for us to depend on Him and hope in Him, it’s enough to be comforted and to have peace as we go about our days in 2018 and all the glorious days of our lives. Sharing with you some of the bible verses which Pastor Joey shared to remind us how important it is to focus and keep our hope in the Lord because HE is our Father, our Savior, our Provider, our Healer, Comforter, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, our Alpha and Omega, He knows the beginning and the end of our lives so trusting Him and hoping in Him is the best thing that we can do to live a victorious life today and everyday. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Hebrews 6:17-19ย ESV

17ย So when God desired to show more convincingly toย the heirs of the promiseย the unchangeable character of his purpose,ย he guaranteed it with an oath,ย 18ย so that by two unchangeable things, in whichย it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hopeย set before us.ย 19ย We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters intoย the inner place behind the curtain,

Romans 5:3-5ย ESV

3ย Not only that, but weย rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that sufferingย produces endurance,ย 4ย and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,ย 5ย andย hope does not put us to shame, because God’s loveย has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Colossians 1:27 ESV

27ย To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles areย the riches of the glory ofย this mystery, which is Christ in you,ย the hope of glory.

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In the same way that the message of hope has given me all the comfort, peace, encouragement and excitement to face the coming year with a joyful, grateful and expectant heart for everything that the Lord has planned to bless my family, friends and me for the year, I hope you have been filled with the same strong hope from God’s unchangeable character and time-tested word.ย 

Cheers to a blessed, happy, healthy, hopeful, lovely, and peaceful 2018! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

God’s best always!ย โ™ฅ

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Jesus speaks, always…

From 7 November Devotion from Jesus Callingย book/app

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WORSHIP MEย inย theย beautyย ofย holiness. All true beauty reflects some of who Iย AM. I am working My ways in you: the divine Artist creating loveliness within your being. My main work is to clear out debris and clutter, making room for My Spirit to take full possession. Collaborate with Me in this effort by being willing to let go of anything I choose to take away. I know what you need, and I have promised to provide all of thatโ€”abundantly!

Your sense of security must not rest in your possessions or in things going your way. I am training you to depend on Me alone, finding fulfillment in My Presence. This entails being satisfied with much or with little, acceptingย either as My will for the moment. Instead of grasping and controlling, you are learning to release and receive. Cultivate this receptive stance by trusting Me in every situation.

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
โ€”Psalm 29:2 nkjv

One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
โ€”Psalm 27:4

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in Godโ€™s unfailing love for ever and ever.
โ€”Psalm 52:8

The Lord is our comfort. He is our assurance.

Thank you, Lord. You are the God of my life, have your way in me.

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Reading is โ™ฅ

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I love to travel, in every travel, one of my “must bring” is a book. I don’t always get the chance to read while on travel but in my heart I want to have that kind of vacation where I don’t have to do anything but just read leisurely, maybe under a coconut tree, with a lovely white-sand beach as my view, and a glass of tamarind shake to sip. ๐Ÿ™‚

While in Manila, while living the daily life and working on weekdays, one habit I want to develop is reading. I am making progress but I want to allot more time in reading. This year, I downloaded the Goodreads app where there’s a “Reading Challenge” feature. My target is to read 12 books this year. So far, I only finished one book as of this writing.

Currently, there are 58 titles that I saved in the app which I want to read, well some of it, I’m already reading. The thing with me is I don’t focus on one book. I have around 5 books on hand which I read at different times.

This year, here are some of the books that I would like to read:

I hope I’ll be able to meet my target, or better yet, outdone myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S. The classic books on the bottom right are mine, already on my shelf, waiting for me to give them my time and attention!! hahaย The rest are books in Fully Booked that I want to buy. ๐Ÿ™‚