Jesus is More Than Enough

food-pot-kitchen-cooking.jpgMarch 25, 2018

Sunday

Our group is the one in charged in cooking for our fellowship today. My friend and I talked about what food we’re going to bring for our fellowship. We talked about her bringing pork, the other lady’s chicken and I am in charge to bring veggies. I don’t know what to cook… to be honest, I am still learning, and I believe I’ll get there someday. I just need a little practice and bringing food at the church is one opportunity to cook for others. I remember my husband taught me how to cook mung bean soup. So, I decided to create an Ilocano style mung bean soup. I added veggies like okra and bitter melon and malunggay leaves to make it healthier.

So before doing my cooking experiment, I asked for the Lord’s guidance to help me cook. I woke up early, so I can prepare and do the cooking while my son was still sleeping. It’s a challenge for me when my husband is not here. I wonder when he’s coming back. I missed him, whenever he’s home and we’re the one in charge of cooking, he’s helping me to cook. But since he’s not here yet, I need to learn to manage my time and do the best I could. I really enjoyed cooking that morning, because it’s so peaceful and I can move with ease because my little monster was asleep.

While cooking, I was wondering if the soup is enough to feed many. On my calculation, it can only feed fifteen people. I was thinking of going to store to buy more ingredients, but I cannot leave my son home alone. So, I just cancel the idea of going to store. I assumed that this will be enough since there are three of us in the group and not only me will bring food.

After done cooking, I gave some to my neighbor and I have a bowl to eat for breakfast with my son. We ate and prepared for church, throw everything in our pick-up truck, buckle up my son, when I received a phone call from my friend, who’s my group mate, reporting that the other lady cannot come. I wasn’t really paying attention to what she’s saying because I am in a rush, we’re getting late for our Purple Book Class and we’re about to leave.

I’m bit worried, I knew this soup was not enough to feed the whole congregation even if my friend come with her pot. Many people will be hungry and what will the people going to say. Hope people understand and still love us after our shortcomings.

I believe that the Lord, already knew what was about to happen. And He has a back-up plan for us to show prove that He is a God of Provision. That in our lacking, there He is to complete. I have peace in my heart, knowing that God shall supply our needs. Then there came this family, with trays of food. It’s their daughter’s 8th birthday! It was unexpected. I didn’t know that the Lord will touch their heart to celebrate with us for they usually do their celebration at home. Hallelujah! I knew the Lord will not let His people get hungry! I was surprised and amazed with God. I praised and thanked the Lord for what He had done!

Truly, the Lord our God is a God of Provision. He provided food for the whole congregation and reminded me a story of Jesus feeding the multitude with just bread and fish and there were still left-over crumbs. After a hearty meal and fellowship, there are a lot of food left, and even the dogs also got their share of this blessing.

Nobody complaint about the mung bean soup I made so I guessed it taste good. What the Lord has done today in our life are scriptures that comes to life.

Matthew 6:25 Jesus said “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about life, what you will eat or what you will drink, not about your body, what will you put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

Matthew 6:32 Jesus said, “For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let all your request be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I learned a lot of lessons from God today. I knew that there are times I worried too much about things that I missed the blessings of God. There are times that I thought that I wasn’t enough. But through all my shortcomings, there is always a God that provides, that fills in the gap, completing what is lacking and has never ending grace and mercy and so much love to give to each and everyone of us.

Hope this inspire and give you hope. Remember that there is always hope in Jesus. Thank you for reading and God bless you! If you’re in need today, my prayers for you is may the Lord God our Father and Provider blessed you of whatever you need, in Jesus name! Amen

P.S. Jesus loves you.

Reminded by God’s grace…

March 23, 2018

Fridays is one of my favorite day of the week, because not only its TGIF, where most people wants to go to the bar and drink till they drop, I love Fridays because it’s our Youth Night Fellowship. And though it’s challenging at times because of my son, I am still looking forward for this week to attend to our youth ministry. Ministering to youths are exciting, fun, challenging, needs a lot of creativity and adventure and it’s colorful seeing the life of these youths changed by our Lord Jesus. How He’s working in each soul fascinate me. I wonder what will they become when they grow old? Hoping and praying that they’ll be successful in life and that the seeds that we’re planting in their hearts grow and matured and one day, they’ll share what they’ve learned from us and sow seeds to other soul that were lost. They’ll have a lot of journey ahead of them and what we can only do today is to guide, teach them the truth and love them with the love of the Lord. Praying for them that the Lord may keep them and protect them and that they’ll not depart from the Lord.

Looking back at my old self. I once was like them. I can see myself in them. Carefree, sometimes rebel, sometimes reckless, sometimes fearless, sometimes you don’t know where life would take you, emotional, moody and self-reliant and self-sufficient, most of the time know it all. “I know” “I know, right” “I know, I know” these are the common expression you’ll hear from them.

As I looked back sometimes there were thoughts that were coming in the back of my mind that condemned me who I was before. That I am not enough, that my talents, my communication skills and grammar are not good enough. Sometimes there are thoughts that kept me doing what I am doing, hindering word, negative and destructing thought of my past. And when I started entertaining those thoughts, I felt like I am insufficient, I felt weak and unable to face the youth I am ministering, but the Lord is good. When I was attacked by those thoughts, He immediately remind me of His grace, His love, and His promises. And my spirit is strengthened and able to fight back. Knowing God is always on my side, only His name will be magnified. It’s not about me after all, it’s all about Jesus, and how He loved us. Gave up His life, conquer death and give life to those who believe in Him. And being saved by this wonderful grace, what can I do for Him? I cannot just seat there and watch. I must do something. This gift is to wonderful to enjoy only for myself, when He freed me from the bondage, I felt freedom that I’ve never felt before. And I am sharing this to help others, to let them know that there is hope in Jesus. No matter what you’ve been going through, when your world just falls apart, the love of Jesus is there to give us hope, to comfort us and strengthen us. He didn’t promise that there are no hardships, he didn’t say that it’ll be like smooth sailing journey, but He promise not to leave us nor forsake us.

God truly love us.  God demonstrate His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

So when Satan reminds me of who I was before, God sure find ways to remind me that His grace is sufficient for me.

Tonight’s topic is on God’s never ending grace and the benefits of His grace.

This open journal is my story with my walk with God and I want to share this to others for inspiration and to share the wonderful love of God and the gift of our salvation through His son Jesus.

To God be all the glory and honor.29251355_1822832191081963_2014498718_o

Photo Credit to : Elaine Que

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

My name is Elizabeth. my friends call my Beth. I worked as an Asst. Manager at Napa Samoa Inc. (just got promoted) Thank you Lord Jesus for the break through. I have a son, his name is Ezekiel. He’s turning 3 this April. For those mom out there, with a toddler age 2 to 3 maybe they can relate to me, when I share my journey as a mom, my struggles, joy and other  things that a mom can experience. My husband works at the fishing vessel. Most of the time, his not with us. He’ll leave for 30 to 45days and come back in the Island for 2 to 3 weeks.

I love writing on a personal journal. I love recording my experiences, reflecting on the lessons that I’ve learned from the experience. I love sharing the lessons as well. I created this open journal, to share my experiences, gain insights from the comments of those people who are in the same situation and to express myself. I am not a journalist by profession, I just love writing. Sharing an open journal is one of the courageous decisions in my life. It needs courage for a person to share his/her story, it takes courage for a person to admit a shortcoming and mistakes in life, it takes courage for a person to express himself, but everyone has a story to tell, learned lessons to share and as our story unfolds to other people, they can get something out of it. It’s wise to learn from experience of others. And it takes a courageous decision to begin typing and telling a testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness. This is an open journal of love, hope and testimony of my faith in my Creator. Open journal of my journey and walk with God. It’s how small I am and how great He is.

Hope you join me in my journey. And find His light in every story of my journey.

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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