Friday, April 15, 2011

Be thankful and no complaints

I always find it easy to praise God and be thankful when I am feeling good, when I am happy. But its not as easy as I thought to be still grateful and to come before God with burdened heart when things do not seem right.

Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
1 Thessalonians 5:18

I had a very tough weeks for the past 2 weeks, when the midterms were approaching. As many know, I am easily stressed out (I am still praying about it. and I need your prayers too). A lot of readings, a lot of practice, a lot of assignments, a lot of things to do, but I was running out of time. Being the usual me, I was kinda panic, and..upset. 

'Where is the joy and peace, God?'. Silence. 

I always greet God with a 'good morning' when I wake up. But for the past 2 weeks, it was not easy to give Him a big smile once I opened my eyes. 'Another long day to go..' I thought. Or rather, complained.

- When our minds flow with thanksgiving and praise, we develop immunity to the devil’s infectious ways. 
If we complain or grumble, the opposite is true. The more we complain, the worse life gets, the more victorious the devil becomes, and the more defeated we feel. - Joyce Meyer

Yes, that was how I felt. Defeated. I was overloaded with stress.

I remembered Philippians 4:4. But I asked God, how to be rejoice when I was so stressed out? Again, I prayed. But this time, with a grateful heart. "What do You want me to learn during this period of time?".

Few days later, the exams were not over yet. God always knows me the best. He knows I love talking to others. Amazingly, I met few people that I seldom meet or talk to and one of them was a senior of mine but we had never met each other before. I told them my problems and my prayer request, (I desperately need prayers when I am stressed out), and always after talking to them, I felt the great peace in me. I did not know how and why, the problems were not solved yet, exams were not over yet, but I believed, that God had just spoken to me through them. In the conversations, I was comforted. I was asked not to be anxious. I was asked to just try my best. I was asked not to be worried about my future. That were what God wanted to tell me, I believed!

God works in amazing yet simple ways. Just a simple conversation, a simple act, a simple phone call, or a chat, you never know God can just talk to you through them. 

I thank God for the angels He sent me. A simple concern from a friend, few steamed potatoes(my fav) from my roommate, a quick yet encouraging chat with a friend, prayers from you, can always make my day! It is not the things I get from you, but the love and the blessings, from you and from Him.
Dena Vincent Naveen Mag Daddy&mummy, thank you especially for the prayers and encouragements!

* I am having my last 2 midterm papers next next week. Do keep me in prayers please :)

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Be blessed! <3