God Is At Work In Our Lives

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by Jan Michael Tumaliuan, SFL Isabela

All of us have our own experiences of how God has worked in our life, family, work, friends, community, and I know how happy and thankful we are on how our life has turned out now because of how God worked on it.

I’ve been an SFL member since 2008, and have always been part of the music ministry. I thank God for giving me talent on guitar playing and singing because I’m able to use it to glorify Him and serve my fellow SFL. Nakakatugtog at kanta na ako nakakapag worship pa ako.

But in 2010, I had to face a big challenge in the family. My mother had a heart attack and needed operation. She survived, but fell into comatose due to lack of oxygen in her brain.

I had no job then, so I was the one who took care of her. My male siblings were still studying at that time, while my sisters had to work. Everyday I prayed for our Mom to wake up. All we ever wanted is to see her get back to normal condition. Days, weeks, months and years passed, but still my Mom wouldn’t wake up. I also begun to worry about my career because I’m not getting any younger. I had too many fears about the uncertainty of the future.

Until our mother passed away last February 16. Masakit man, tanggap na namin na makapiling siya ng Panginoon. Mas mabuti na ‘yun kaysa kasama nga namin siya, nakikita naman naming siyang naghihirapan.

Minsan, hindi lahat ng dasal at hinihiling natin sa Panginoon ay matutupad, pero magtiwala tayong isasaayos Niya ang buhay natin. Ibibigay Niya ang makakabuti para sa atin.

With this may God be praised.

 

Let The Will of God Be our Ultimate Dream

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By Ashley Timog, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Each of us envisions a life with so much accomplishments, especially when it comes to our careers. But there are circumstances that God will redirect us for his ultimate goal. Never did I expect that one day God will call me to work with Him here in Abu Dhabi.

I am an SFL member since 2007. Earlier in 2009, in Tarlac Philippines, while I was still working at a Bank, I was determined to get a visa to work in the United Kingdom. However, I did not pass the interview and I was not able to obtain a VISA.

In 2010, a friend offered me to work in Abu Dhabi, a country where never did I imagine seeing myself living and working permanently. However, I still tried, with the words at the back of my head saying – “This might be the Lord’s way of giving me a big break”.

Days, weeks and months passed. It’s been five months (yes, I literally counted) that I was not able to find a job. I was struggling to understand what really my purpose was. But after almost a year, God revealed His plans for me. While we we’re planning for the Committed Servants Weekend, God clearly conveyed his message for me – I am where I am primarily because it was also the time that CFFL needed SFL members in preparation to start the SFL Ministry in Abu Dhabi. They needed SFL members who will step up to facilitate a group.

I believe that God never settles for anything less. He told me, “Hey Ashe, Yes it is you! The one that I chose, the one I sent who’s always been joyful and who serves tirelessly, who willingly blends herself with the community to help with other’s problems and difficulties, and most importantly, the one who has a God centered life”.

God zoomed every encounter I had, from the time I came here in Abu Dhabi. It was also the time where CFFL was conducting a Mega CLS. Despite not having a job during those times, I was not hindered to say yes to facilitate a group. God even called me to serve fully to accomplish every CFFL event.

A soldier will not be sent to a battle, unless his chief commander is not that confident that his solider is well trained and is ready. I believe God trained me well in Philippines for three years to prepare my for my mission in Abu Dhabi. I had a group to facilitate, to lead a CLS, to serve in different Ministries (Music & Creative), to be part of the service team during big events and to go on mission in different locations. Never did I imagine doing all these. His dream was greater than mine. He chose me and He sent me to Abu Dhabi to do His mission. He brought me here for a reason. My ultimate dream is that His will happen in my life. And now, with confidence in God and through the help of the Holy Spirit, all of these were accomplished here in United Arab Emirates.

To God be all the glory!

 

5 Verses To Fan the Flame when You’re Burning Out

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Let’s face it. There comes a point in our lives wherein, whether in our work, in our service or in our relationships, the flame that once was burning loud seems to be fizzling out. It may come in the form of easily getting tired most days of the week, like you’re not getting enough sleep, becoming irritable in your interpersonal relationships, adopting a glass half-empty attitude, or even lack of productivity and poor performance, resulting in incomplete projects and an ever-growing to-do list. If these signs are all too familiar, read on. You might just be burning out.

But here’s the good news: to a great extent, burnout is a state of mind. The sense of feeling burdened or free at any given time usually has less to do with the workload itself and more to do with our own emotional state. So, hit the pause button on the busy-ness of life today, rest if you must, but more importantly, refuel:

A

“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” – Matthew 11: 28-30

B

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” – Isaiah 40: 28-31

C

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I” – Psalm 61:2

D

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanks, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” – Philippinas 4: 6-7

E

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Happy resting and give the Spirit the chance to fan your flame this weekend. You’ll never know what He has in store. Remember: what must give off light must endure burning.

God’s Promise to the Broken Hearted

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A Sharing by Maureen Causing, SFL Pasig

 “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7

Three years. It was three years that I fell flat, thinking that I was a victim of a heart break.

It was late 2012. The first few weeks were horrible. I would sleep and wake up crying, wanting none of the pain that lingers, that never seemed to go away. I would pray unceasingly wanting, hoping for the Lord to take away all the hurt; but He said, “no, not yet.” Months and years passed, the pain was no longer that piercing, but it was still there. I still saw myself as “the victim,” the person who got rejected, who was not chosen, who was not loved enough. Some days it made me angry, some days deeply upset, some days confused. It took me 3 years of moving back and forth, sometimes even going back to square one.

But on that third year, God let it happen. No, there was no romance rekindled. Only that He whispered to me what I never understood all along – that it’s okay to say that there are things that hurt me; that to be honest, in those years, I hadn’t completely recovered from a broken heart. That it was still almost as painful because I was trying to control my own healing process, but I can’t. And it’s painful not because I can’t, but because I am not letting Him heal me with His mercy and love. At that very moment, in a stadium in Cebu with thousands of people listening to a God-driven talk, my Ultimate Healer let me go of the broken pieces of my heart; and, He held them in His very hands. I’ve chained myself to an identity that wasn’t really mine, and finally had been set free – I was not a victim. God reminded me of who I really am, and it was at this moment that I knew that I am loved beyond measure.

He held my heart so tight that it caused His love to overflow. And when it did, it gave peace to my once wounded heart. I would have never imagined that I feel genuinely happy for someone who has hurt me most, and all the more to be genuinely happy for myself, with where I am now. Trust me, the feeling is overwhelming. Something I have long-waited for to happen, which I somehow lost hope for along the road, was definitely possible. And it was not my doing, but the unfathomable ways of God.

I’m not one to be cheesy and go all preachy, but I know that in the deepest part of my heart, God’s work in my life is true, and so is His promise. The Lord knows how much I wanted to heal. He knew me well and He planted the deepest desires of my heart that kept me moving forward. Sometimes, I get reminded of what I had to endure. But I get it now, the moments when I remember my heart break story are the same moments when convictions become stronger. God gave me 3 years – years that ironically remind me that I am accepted, chosen, and most of all loved. In those years, I was taught that you have to trust and depend on God to do the healing. And you, you choose to be healed.

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