What comes in our mind when we hear the word halloween? Ghosts, souls, spirits, spooky houses are the common things, scary movies can be added. I won’t be talking more of this halloween things but instead the other ghost. I may call it, the ghost of the past –Memories that burn that come back to haunt and rob our peace of mind. Let me share something about my little boy, young as four years old, he went through five major surgeries already. It was extremely distressing traumatic but apparently for him seems it was nothing. Still, the bubbly little kid, just too brave to face everything. Whenever I looked back, I have this bitterness and anguish inside, how could this little sweet angel with a good heart has to suffer. Still, I can’t accept the kind of fate that’s written on his hand. Pain engraves a deeper memory but the goodness of God is helping me out slowly to move forward and let go. Like just any mother, I have to be remain strong.
There are certain guidelines written by Harold Sala which we can follow to realize and experience healing of the emotions. I’m stating it as briefly as I can.
- Understand the nature of forgiveness- When it comes to harmonious living, no other quality, with the possible exception of love, is more needed than forgiveness. It is on our daily routines that the irritations of our human faults and imperfections take their toll.
- Be sure we have sought God’s forgiveness– There are times when failures drives us to our knees, when our own behavior makes us realize that our hearts are deceptive and tricky.
- Extend forgiveness to the one who has hurt you– How do we overcome bitterness and hatred when we have been wronged and we are absolutely convinced that we cannot forgive. By praying for the person and the circumstance as well who has hurt us, the one we can’t forgive, the memory that burns.
- Forgive ourselves– Forgiveness is like a three-cornered hat in that there are aspects involved, and when any of them missing, forgiveness is incomplete-in relationship to God, in relationship to the offended person, in relationship to ourselves.
- Give the bitterness of that memory to Jesus, to God –Why should we carry the burden of a memory which scars, when Jesus already died for the very burden we are trying to carry. Simply it’s not our responsibility.
- Refuse to let our mind dwell on the memory that burns– Some folks live with constant bitterness and heartaches because they cling to the shattered fragments of a life that went to pieces.
- Replace the memory that burns with the word of God– There is therapeutic healing in the Word of God, because the Holy Spirit uses the Word to bring restoration and healing to burned-out emotions.
- Cooperate with the Holy Spirit in your Healing– It is the nature of the Satan to ensnare, deceive, and destroy, while it is the nature of God to liberate, restore and heal.
- Begin praising God for bringing restoration and healing to your life- Let us claim the healing.
*Individually we have different personal opinions, beliefs, even strategies on how to handle the “ghost” that usually devour our mind and souls each time. My respect to each of your beliefs. May God be with us all..
Just a smile, a pat on the shoulder, by listening to them -ensuring them of our presence or even “shorts words” of encouragement . This simple kindness is about caring genuinely for others around us, wanting the best for them and recognizing in them the same wants, needs, aspirations and even fears that we have too. Kindness is warm, resilient, patient, trusting, loyal and grateful. It heals heart and mind that lingers.
You don’t have to preach a sermon. You don’t have to quote twenty-five scripture verses. Just a few kind words can start the healing process for someone else <Joel Osteen>
Taking my last glimpse on that cold winter day,
the journey I had, filled with struggles and pain.
Individually we’re given life we must embrace,
sad road, lonely highway, some choices to make.
Till such time, this travel ends, leaving a trace,
time to move on, let go, another page to start,
we must take new chances with all our hearts.
“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
Stress is becoming an almost inescapable part of modern life-almost. We’re under pressure at work, at home, pressure to succeed, pressure to provide for the family, pressure to be a good parent, pressure from every side, so often we just don’t know how to cope, what can we do? Let me share some tips I read…
- Pray. Make a quiet time with God a daily habit, even just to whisper a short one.
- Allow extra time to do things and to get to places if we can get a chance.
- Pace ourselves. Spread our big changes and difficult projects over time, when possible; don’t lump the hard things all together.
- Concentrate on things we have direct control over ourselves and our habits rather than on things that we have little or no control over.
- Get organized so everything has its place.
- Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a valid concern, find out what God would have we do about it. If we’re worried about something that we can’t or shouldn’t do anything about, then put it in HIS hands.
- Take one day at a time.
- Carry God’s word with us to read while waiting or during spare moments.
- Slow down.
- Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a hearty “Thank you, God”
- Don’t take on new work until we have taken care of timely matters that are still pending.
- Having problems? Talk to God on the spot, we have a free line to heaven anytime. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
- Remind ourselves that we are not the general manager of the universe.
- Get enough exercise.
- Simplify and declutter our lives.
- Every night before bed, think of at least one thing we’re grateful for that day that came out.
- Develop a forgiving attitude If we can, most people are doing the best they can.
- Be kind to unkind people, they probably need it the most.
- Eat right.
- Thank God for what’s coming, because He won’t send us anything that we and He can’t handle together < He can be our counselor, coach, business manager, executive secretary, personal trainer, confidant and best friend.
To contend with the stress that has become part of modern living. God is all we need…..
Submariners tells us that no storms ever reach very deep into the ocean. The water is perfectly calm hundred feet down, no matter how high the breakers may rise on the surface. There is quiet in the depths that no surface storms can disturb. This is possible, too, in human lives; there can be serenity and peace within, undisturbed by the storms of the world.
Jesus our peace…
Just looking above big blue sky,
I can’t help but to wonder,
How things made perfectly even,
mystery which lies beneath.
Rainbow that says -new beginning,
songs soothes sadness and fears.
Breeze cools down heat of summer,
friends inspire us through years…
Walking along this endless journey,
with a prayer in pocket,
Love in heart, hope in our soul,
Life is perfectly blessed.
Something we all struggle with sometimes, something wonderful might be at hand. A thing that’s so tiny as we see, can be the beginning of a beautiful thing we never expect it to be.
Recalling every life’s spiral stairway
We ran up, down, we slowly go insane
With beautiful moments in our hands
footsteps soundly banging as it lands.
In a tick of the clock, things vanished,
time flies really fast, always in a rush.
Shadows remain, pieces of past years,
keeping, remembering it all with tears
We all have wonderful memories to always remember as we go through life….
“If there’s the will and heart to do so, everyone/anyone can”
Here you are sneaking like a roaming thief at night,
stealing my peace, taking away gladness and smiles.
You’re a sudden strong wind sweeps away calmness,
and this heart again is in fire, burning hot with grief.
I need to find now that once lost armour and shield,
asking the ONE above whom knows, help me please.
<Weekly Reflection-Prayer Poetry>
Every achievement worth remembering is stained with the blood of diligence and scarred by the wounds of disappointment. To quit, to run, to escape, to hide-none of these options solve anything. They only postpone the acceptance of, and recknoning with, reality.
Churchill put it well: ” Wars are not won by evacuations.”…
Giving thought to giving up?
Considering the possibility of quitting?…
Don’t!…The only time the Lord ever used the word “easy” was when He referred to a yoke.
I think of quitting as a bad word,
I know there are times when I should quit.
Such as when I’m doing something wrong.
If I’m hurting someone else.
May I never quit a task that you have called me to do.
No matter how hard it seems.
Give me strength to persevere,
when the going gets tough.
To keep my eyes fixed on you,
as I move forward boldly in faith.
We were in a hurry one time so we took a train ride to get to our destination on time and at the same time we wanted then, a little adventure with our little boy, how he loves train. The excitement on his deep eyes, I can say truly “Priceless”. While moving, he kept on pointing things out of the window. Same thing with our lives, sometimes we have to hit life’s pause button, give ourselves a chance to appreciate God’s gift around and feel this blessings. We only live once, we might miss some beautiful things.
I saw a dim of light that hid
underneath gray clouds.
Promise that holds, speaks,
a hope behind any doubts.
Saw this flower, been ages,
hadn’t seen it in full bloom.
Can be a thing worth to wait,
it will come anytime soon.
Saw a star shone distinctively,
separately, brightest star
Thinking the one I know
watching me here from afar.
You’ll see circles spin,
read this mind,
Listen to my heart,
your music plays.
A road leading to you,
inside you’ll find.
Search me, I’ll show up,
take me, I’ll follow.
Our world is full of miseries, woes and troubles, it’s reality. I’ve learned from experience if we will handle any of this with an open heart and a good attitude along with a faithful prayer, we will experience a positive shift in our attitude, it will be a lot easier to keep things together with a smile, we can say to life “Try Me” instead of “Why Me”.
Quick tears to relieve
sudden hurt and anguish.
For times we’re touched,
too moved to speak.
It’s our healing outlet,
for sorrows to vanish.
In every wounded spirits,
hearts lowly and meek.
In life sometimes so grim,
dark sadness, a reality.
Fill each heart with power of love
Each soul be rekindled, fire from Above
Let out what’s inside, a choice we have
Let hesitations diminish, change to make
Space in between, we must need to break
Tell me and I tell you, how much I care
It is you , In God, I always pray
Life’s too short for things we need to say
I feel, you feel , love must be shown
Words hidden, say it, let it be known.
Sometimes we let affection, go unspoken, our love go unexpressed, we can’t find words to tell what’s deep inside our hearts, especially towards those we love the best. There would have been more “I love you’s and ” More “I’m sorry’s”. Life’s too short for just keeping it all inside
deep inside my brain.
Thousands of mazes,
twisting all around,
it dragging me down.
my worries creeping,
just closing my eyes,
fetching deepest sigh.
Calling now to You,
help me bring through.
Walking down the street, no place to go,
I noticed an empty old house down below.
I thought of stopping by to check inside
finding out the mystery I could see outside,
A vase half broken, it got me mesmerized
Something beyond, bizarreness that holds,
but distant for me to grasp even how close,
I decided then to just leave, it was an illusion
but deep down inside, an endless confusion.
Confusions over certain things in life may always happen, confronting it is important….
<Weekly Reflection-Prayer Poetry>
What is to a car, the Holy Spirit is to the believer. He energizes us to stay the course. He motivates us in spite of the obstacles. He keeps us going when the road gets rough. It is the spirit who comforts us in our distress, who calms us in times of calamity, who becomes our companion in loneliness and grief, who spurs our “intuition” into action, who fills our minds with discernment when we are uneasy about a certain decision. In short, He is our spiritual fuel. When we attempt to operate without Him or to use some substitute fuel, all systems grind to halt.
O Holy Spirit, You are God,
living in the perfect union
with the Father and Son,
our mentor and guide.
Into wisdom and understanding,
what a glorious mystery this is,
living in hearts of everyone.
Thank you, for caring enough
about us on how to live a life
that pleases you… Amen
We all have certain life dramas hidden inside, most of it are just too bitter, sad, painful to remember and think, how much more to say and share. Only God can give total healing I believe, not any person or circumstance. Sometimes, it will take time but we will all get there definitely…..
<photo from Facebook – Lessons learned in Life>
Walking down a winding road
carrying my trunk full of load.
I notice a symbol and an arrow,
is this the path leads to mine?
Should I follow this given sign?
In a card game , number of cards are laid out for us to play same as in life different choices are given out by God for us to choose. Confusions play……
If you are anxious, tense, or concerned about anything in your life, begin now to relax 🙂
let it go –>
let God fill your need.
Keeping all good memories,
inside my treasure box.
Filed with details,
sorting everything out.
My heart on them,
inside protectively locked.
A story, soon I’ll share,
will gonna tell you about.
What’s yours? we can open,
each other’s door.
We’ll travel same huge ship,
sail through life’s shore.
Storm of friendship
that would really never end,
Both our promises
that won’t break nor bend.
Find this sooo cute in this beautiful morning!
♫ “Forget all your troubles ♫ (grand ma)
♫Forget all your cares♫ (grand daughter)”
A beautiful song!
Let me share a McDonalds TV commercial 🙂 simple video but speaks so deeply
Happiness in a box 🙂
Missing childhood with my mom….
Here you go, buzzing, scaring me off again,
like an eerie sound, I can barely explain.
Perfect blue sky turns to shades of gray
Sudden rainstorm , darkness fills my air.
Once more, let me hold Your flaming torch
I cannot find my trail now, seems I lost.
To fear, a part of human nature, will creep up on us like a bolt of lightning. Been 2 weeks now, finally home, the hard part was over (surgery of my little soldier). Recalling the feeling I had that moment when we brought him to OR, inside I was dying , couldn’t hold back my tears, he was screaming and shouting not on fears but for cheeseburger :/. God ‘s so good, everything went very well. But I can’t refrain from thinking , the if’s and but’s in the future ( just human ).. who to call?…..