Trust and Believe



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I read the familiar lines I wrote two years ago. My heart scarred with pain for my son’s own heartache at that time was not feeling anymore hurt but instead, of gratitude and joy. As we walked in that valley two years ago, I remained trusting in the Lord. I had no words to part with him to lighten the load he carried except:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding…”

I knew then Who to go to knowing that He had rescued me many times with my own failures, His right Hand always quick to save me from drowning from the seas of trials as He did Peter when he stepped out of that boat being battered by gusty winds. I knew… It was only the Lord Jesus Who would never let go of His hold of my son’s hand during that moment when he was being hit by the winds of confusion, doubts, and fears.

After that winds of confusion to stop him from using his love of Graphic Design, His gift of love for art evident even since he was little, he worked even harder and remained trusting in the Lord, despite the uncertainties around him. My son with Proverbs 3:5 etched in his heart since he was of a young mind, was beginning to understand as he stepped out into adulthood the importance of having faith and living it out in his own journey.

My family and I weathered that storm. He finished his degree few months ago. It wasn’t easy. But we all knew, we needed to have faith, even little. Even as small as a mustard seed than none.

“Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.” (Matthew 14:28-29, NLT)

My son is about to step out of his boat of life. I know that the winds will not come only once but a life of duty for Christ will continue to weather many storms. However, I also know that not all storms are there to batter our boats of lives. Some in that scary appearances are there to expose what’s weak, to deal with them, to be able to surrender them all to Jesus as we step out of our comfort zones in order for us to serve the Master. Sometimes, in the process of sinking, one is being cleansed by the Living Water. Truly, in our weaknesses Jesus is our strength. He alone is the source of true Power. He hears our prayers no matter how strong the winds are or how bad the waves are crushing against the boat of life. He is always faithful. He doesn’t let us sink under the water when we have faith. When we trust…

In stormy events of life, Jesus is quick to reach out to save anyone who calls on Him. 

The question is... "Are you willing to reach out to His hold and be saved?" Trust. Believe.

Lord, thank You for everything. For saving not only my son but also my husband and I. Thank You that You have provided all the means in order for him to continue to serve You with the talent You had given him. Lord, increase his faith as he steps out and use him as Your instrument for Your glory. May many people who will come his way be able to see Your light that he reflects. Protect him and guide him and give him discernment. Increase his faith at times of gusty winds and may he keep in his heart that You will never leave him nor forsake him. Thank You Lord for Who You are. Thank You for Your love and mercy. Lord, please bless those who are afflicted with severe storms. May they be able to see You in the waters and be able to trust and believe in You. You alone are our Savior. To those who are doubting, make their unbelief to belief. To those who are in confusion, give them order. To those who don't have faith, make their hearts see. To those who are afraid, give them courage. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

4 comments:

  1. "Sometimes in the process of sinking one is being cleansed by the Living Water." Oh how true this is. I too wish that a life lived for Jesus was an EASY life. I have not found that to be so. But one thing I know, My REDEEMER LIVES and He holds me in the palm of His hand, even on the days I don't feel Him at all. I too trust Him. Thank you for the beautiful post. I'm praying for you and your son. He calls us out upon the waters for a reason, and we are NOT alone. May Jesus bless you and yours!

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  2. Thank you for the prayers sister Robbin and they're always very much appreciated. Right back at you. Because I know that prayers are our lifeline to God. It is indeed not easy to live for Christ but what profit for our souls! I'm so glad that even through blogging, we are able to pray for each other, to lift each other up and the more our sharing increases our faith. Blessings to you sister and thank you for leaving your footprints here today.

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  3. Hi Rosel,
    today I have managed to find time to read every post put up by bloggers on my sidebar. It was meant to be. As I read your post I am reminded of the picture that is on my smartphone. It is a picture of a sea that I had taken some years ago and I added the words 'Walk on water'. The story of walking on water in the scriptures has always spoken to me of keeping our eyes fixed upon Jesus and His Words spoken to us and not to look upon the tribulation that comes in our trials. He will bring us through every trial when we do this. I join together with you in prayer for your son and say 'Amen' to all that you have prayed.
    God bless you as you and your family continue to trust.

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  4. Hi sister Brenda. I always pray and ask the Lord to give me the strength to continue blogging not just for myself but to share Him with those who are lost in the sea. So, I know that maybe many pass by and don't leave comments (and that's ok with me)but it is my prayer that they will leave encouraged and know God's goodness. But how encouraging when blogger friends visit out of their own busyness and leave their footprints here at my place. I appreciate you taking your time and it means a lot. I like the meaning of the picture you have on your phone. That's the only way to finish sailing... To keep focused on Jesus. I had written a song long time ago about Him being the Beacon, providing light for those lost in the sea especially during stormy weather. Isn't it awesome to know that He did overcome the world? Thank you for praying with me. It's comforting to know that even in Spirit, He is in the midst when 2 or 3 gather. Glory be to God. God bless you and strengthen you sister and may you always remain strong in the Lord's mighty power.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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