Day 27: You are not a Mistake

"The word of the Lord came to me saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appoint you as prophet to the nations.'"                                                                                         Jeremiah 1:4-5 You are not a mistake. Whatever circumstance you went through, God knows them all. All the pain and hardships will never…

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Day 26: Overflowing Goodness

“God always makes His grace visible in Christ, who includes us as partners of His endless triumph. Through our yielded lives he spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go. We have become the unmistakable aroma of the victory of the Anointed One to God---a perfume of life to those being saved and the odor of death to those who are perishing.”                                                                       …

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Day 25: Unexpected Plan

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him."                                                                                                      1 Corinthians 2:9 Oh, what a promise! The goodness of God is running after me! As I lay down my life and surrender everything to Him, the goodness…

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Day 24: From Scar to Star

“For our light affliction which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."                                                                                                                  2 Corinthians 4:17 Do you see the transition in what Paul wrote? From pain to gain, from scar to star. Whatever…

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Day 23: Release Your Inner Beauty

“Your adornment must not be merely external—with interweaving and elaborate knotting of the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or [being superficially preoccupied with] dressing in expensive clothes; but let it be [the inner beauty of] the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, [one that is calm and self-controlled, not overanxious, but serene and spiritually mature] which is very precious in the sight of God.”                      1 Peter 3:3-4 "You are what you wear," a quote says.  And so, we…

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Day 22: Light Burden

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”                       Matthew 11:28-30 <span style="font-size: 17px; letter-spacing: 0.8px;">Filipinos are helpful by nature, as reflected in our “bayanihan” custom. We extend help whenever we can, most notably in times of need without expecting anything in return. Some would willingly accept our…

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Day 21: Overcome With His Divine Power

“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.’”                     2 Peter 1:3-4Growing up in a small barrio is not a limiting factor in pursuing God's purposes for your life. I grew up in a small barrio, but God gave me a mind that quest for more than what a barrio…

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Day 20: Struck Down But Not Destroyed

“But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”                      Jeremiah 9:24 Hearing that your daughter is pregnant is not a piece of news that you would like to hear from your young unwed daughter, but it happened to us. It was a Friday when our daughter confessed that she was pregnant. I was shocked and didn't know what to say. I…

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Day 19: Radical Love

"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."                        John 13:35Our love for others is what sets us apart as disciples of Jesus. Loving others, though, is easier said than done. But we are all called to love people, yes, even those who have hurt us.  It is a radical kind of love, one that Jesus exemplified in his relationship with Jesus.We all have had Judases in our lives, people that we trusted but who betrayed us.  The pain of being betrayed causes…

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Day 18: Hidden and Protected for Release

"For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God."  Colossians 3:3 Are you aware that Moses, Josiah, and Jesus Christ had common experiences in their lives? Their lives were threatened when they were babies but were hidden, protected, and later released for God's greater agenda. Moses was hidden by Jochebed, adopted and protected by the Pharaoh's daughter, and at the age of 80 was released to be the deliverer of the Israelites from four centuries of Egyptian slavery. Josiah was almost killed by his grandmother Queen Athaliah but was promptly rescued and hidden…

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