Turn your worries into prayers.

When something bad happens, our first nature is to worry for the worst. Although we are aware that worrying cannot help the situation, we still do it. May we find the courage to convert our worries into prayers. The moment you heard a bad news, pray. Whether the news has a direct effect on you or not, and whether it involves people you know or not, pray. Pray.

These days, a lot of tragedy has been happening in the different parts of the world. How fortunate everyone who’s not there. May all these fortunate people pray for those who are on those places captivated by wars and by heartless people. Let us pray for the safety of the humanity. Let’s pray that the roots of all wars may be cut down and the wars be completely ended.

Dear Lord,

In the midst of all these bad things that are happening in the world, may we find you and your mercy and your love for your people. Please take care of your children. Heal our hearts, especially those who are causing the wars and those who are losing their faith during these dark hours of their lives. Lord, take away all the hatred and pains, and please replace them with love and compassion.

May all the bad things end and may peace finally arise in our world. Lord, forgive us all for our sins and please grant us the grace of the Holy Spirit to guide us in our everyday lives. May we always think what’s good for everyone, and not only for ourselves. Use us to encourage our brothers and sisters to be kind to one another and use us to be the messengers of your word and your unconditional love.

Thank you, Lord, for not abandoning us especially during these times. Thank you for listening to us as we turn our worries into prayers. Thank you for holding our hands when we seem to have no one else and nothing else to hold on to. We love you, Oh Lord. But, we know that our love for you cannot be compared to your love for us which is bigger than the world and surely, bigger that all of these unfortunate events.

Light up our hearts, Oh Lord, and fill them with courage, with strength, with hope, with love and compassion, and with utmost faith in you. 

All these we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, your son. Amen.

Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. (Philippians 4:6)

Psalm 23

One of the most popular chapter in the Bible is Psalm 23. It was written by the shepherd turned king, David, who bravely defeated Goliath. Psalm 23 is also one of my favorite chapter in the Holy Book. I find the words calming, especially when I’m distressed.

The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need.

The Lord, like a shepherd to a herd of sheep, looks after us and attends to our needs. Without our shepherd, we’re nothing but a confuse, hungry, thirsty, and scared herd of sheep. When we get lost, the Lord looks for us; he doesn’t stop looking for us and waiting for us to come back to him.

He lets me rest in fields of green grass. And leads me to the quiet pools of fresh water.

The Lord knows our needs; he knows when we’re already tired or when we’re thirsty. He knows that we’ve been working our best each day and that we deserve a break. God gave us not just fields of green grasses and flowers, he gave us a beautiful world filled with his amazing creations on where we could lie down, roll down, and live. He not only gave us a pool of fresh water, but he also gave us seas and seemingly never-ending oceans.

He gives me new strength.

Every morning, God gave us new strength to go through the entire day. He gives us the strength to do our duties, to serve him, and to take care of his creations including ourselves.

He guides me in the right paths as he has promised.

Our shepherd leads us to the right paths. Even though some of us disobey him and try to go our own ways, he never stops chasing us and leading us back to the path we meant to cross. We need to put our trust in him. He knows what’s best for us so whatever he allows to happen in each of our lives has purposes.

Even if I walk through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, O Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.

No one else can give us the protection that’s so great. The Lord looks after us, although it’s not what it seems to be at times. He allows us to pass dark alleys, I believe, to help us strengthen our faith in him. So, if you’re going through some tough times right now, don’t forget to pray. Whatever happens, God got you.

You prepared a banquet for me where all my enemies can see me. You welcomed me as an honored guest and filled my cup to the brim.

For everyone who follows him, God gives nothing but the best. He will not deprive us of the things we deserve. If he isn’t giving you what you’ve been asking yet, don’t lose your patience. God loves surprising us in the best ways.

I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life. And your house will be my home as long as I live.

God’s love is the greatest. God’s love is the reason why we’re here. God’s love is what should always make us feel grateful, faithful, and hopeful. When everything else is gone, God’s love remains.

And because God loves all of us, he’s kind to us. He gives us our needs, he looks after us, he guides us, he protects us, he answers our prayers, and he’ll never ever abandon us.

All we have to do is trust in him. Let’s be faithful to God and surely, he’ll reward us with things so unimaginably awesome. ❤

Trusting God is the Key to Achieve Peace

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not in your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:56)

For some of us, life can be overwhelming. Sometimes, we bump into a series of seemingly never ending trials. The path we see is all thorny and foggy and rocky. And we have no other choice but to go through it. Listen; when giving up is the easiest thing to do, that is exactly when you should not do it. You are strong. We are all made strong.

The above verses are my favorites. They pull me back whenever I get overwhelmed with my life’s troubles. Proverbs 3:5-6 keep me grounded. Trust in God is the best decision one could made.

He, up there, knows what’s happening in your life. He knows your happiness and your sorrows, your strengths and your fears, your hopes and regrets. God knows us more than we know ourselves and that’s why we should trust in him. He knows that we can carry on and face whatever obstacles are in front of us. If they’re too much, he’s very much willing and ready to send in help.

Ask God. Talk to him if you feel like everything’s just too much for you. And listen too. Have a quiet moment to just listen to him. Maybe, he’s encouraging you to go on. Maybe, he wants you to pause for a while. Maybe, he will comfort you. For sure, he will be there always for all of us.

We are not meant to understand everything that is happening in our lives or in other people’s lives so there’s really no need to desire to know it all. We are supposed to put our trust to him who truly knows it all.

Let us let go of all the things we do not need, the things that don’t make us feel happy or feel good. Let’s let go of the things that only add to the weight that we carry on our shoulders. They aren’t worth carrying or even thinking about.

We can do it! Life’s good. Life’s beautiful.

Behind the clouds is the sun still shining. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

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My Daily Routine for My Body, Mind, and Soul

Happy Three Kings, my fellow Catholics! Before I go to sleep, I’d like to share to you what I do daily for my body, mind, and soul. It involves a lot of reading and quiet moments. Here’s the list.

1. Good MorningGod

Good MorningGod is a book that I bought before the last year ended. It consists of daily messages written by the author to help the readers have and keep a close relationship with God. It is basically a devotional book that should be read every morning of the entire year. Beside the date are Bible verses that readers may read to complement with the day’s message.

2. Yoga Revolution

I think it was 2015 when I found the YouTube channel called “Yoga with Adriene”. My interest in yoga started during those times. I eventually forgot about the channel after practicing some of the yoga routines that it features.

Due to health reasons, my desire to do yoga daily this year arises. I searched for yoga routines, and was really delighted when a video from Yoga with Adriene appeared on the recommended videos. I clicked on the channel and saw Adriene’s 31-Day Yoga Resolution. It’s just what I needed. I actually just started the series yesterday and so far, I am loving it.

I love Adriene’s objective for the Yoga Revolution, I love how she executes the routines. It was a very compassionate yoga centering on sukha or ease.

3. Our Daily Journey

Come evening and I’m in my sister’s room where I am sleeping with three books. One of them is Our Daily Journey. Like Good Morning… God, it is a daily devotional book. Each page, which also denotes a day, contains two Bible verses that you should read; an article written by different authors, which is usually featuring a true-to-life story in relation with the verses; and, a question at the end that you have to answer and reflect to.

This is my second Our Daily Journey book. I’m proud to have finished its volume for 2016.

4. Bible reading

I am following a Bible reading plan from the Our Daily Journey book. At the bottom part of each page are the verses that needed to be read on that particular day so that you may be able to complete reading the Bible in a year.

Reading Bible, especially the Psalms and Proverbs, has helped me in so many things like to be strong, to not worry, and to always put my trust to God.

5. Healing Presence

This is the third book that I read at my sister’s room. Healing Presence (Prayers for Healing) basically contains prayers for oneself and for others. It also has messages of hope and love, as well as Bible passages to read for when you’re in need.

I love praying the prayer for mine and my loved one’s healing of body, mind, and soul.

6. Calm

Finally, I end my day with daily meditation courtesy of the mobile application, Calm. I am alloting 3 to 10 minutes of my day for quiet moments, deep breathes, gratitude, loving kindness, and some more awesome things. It is very relaxing to meditate. Although it isn’t always easy to concentrate, I believe I still get to reap the benefits of meditation. I get to calm my mind.

So long as I can, I will keep on doing my daily routine. It has been helping me in clearing my mind of negative thoughts, in being at peace, in enduring any physical pain and tension that I am experiencing, in relaxing, and in keeping my relationship with God as tight as it should be.

May you find a routine too that works best for your body, mind, and soul. I hope you’d have a chance to check the channel, app, and books-especially the Holy Bible-that I’ve mentioned in this blog post. They may work for you too.

I’m off to bed now. Good night and God bless you!